Sarah E. Igo (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., Princeton) is Professor of History and Director of American Studies at Vanderbilt University, with affiliate appointments in Law, Political Science, Sociology, and Medicine, Health & Society. Igo teaches and writes about modern American intellectual, cultural, legal and political history, with research interests in the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of privacy and the public sphere. She is the author of the award-winning The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public (Harvard University Press, 2007), which was an Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times and one of Slate’s Best Books of 2007 as well as the winner of the President’s Award of the Social Science History Association and the Cheiron Book Prize and a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award of the American Sociological Association.
Professor Igo’s latest book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2018), has attracted attention in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, Dissent, and the New York Review of Books, among other venues, and was named one of the “Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2018” by The Washington Post. Igo has held fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whiting Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, including a Mellon New Directions Fellowship in 2012-2015. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and a visiting fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale. Igo teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. She was co-founder of the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education, a national initiative to promote the liberal arts, and currently serves as the inaugural Faculty Head of Vanderbilt’s E. Bronson Ingram College.