Ms. Isenberg is sponsored by the University of Arizona Foundation
Award-winning historian Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University. Her latest book, “White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America,” was published in June, 2016 by Viking, and spent eleven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.Her first book, “Sex And Citizenship In Antebellum America” (1998), examines the origins of the women's rights movement and was awarded the annual prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in 1999. Her second acclaimed book, “Fallen Founder: The Life Of Aaron Burr” (2007), sought to correct two centuries of biased accounts that too easily portrayed as a villain Thomas Jefferson's vice president and the victor in the duel that ended Alexander Hamilton's life. Received to critical acclaim, it was a main selection of the History Book Club, and was a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times book prize in biography. Her widely praised third book, “Madison And Jefferson" (2010), coauthored with Andrew Burstein, was a New York Times bestseller among electronic books and was named one of top five non-fiction titles of 2010 by Kirkus. Professor Isenberg has been featured on PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN’s Book TV,and on various NPR programs. She and Andrew Burstein are regular contributors to Salon.com, where they write history-accented pieces about modern political and cultural affairs.
Nancy Isenberg received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990.