History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sam Lebovic

Sam Lebovic

Sam Lebovic

Assistant Professor

U.S. History

Sam Lebovic is a historian of the modern U.S., with particular interests in the history of political and popular culture, the place of the U.S. in the world, the history of political ideas and institutions, and the history of cultural globalization.  Methodologically, he works at the intersection of political, cultural, legal, and intellectual history, with interdisciplinary interests in media studies, international studies, and social theory.  Sam received his BA(Hons) from the University of Sydney in his native Australia, and his PhD from the University of Chicago.  He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University and the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center at NYU, and has published articles in Diplomatic History and The Journal of Social History (forthcoming).  Sam is currently completing his first book, a history of American press freedom from the rise of the modern First Amendment in 1919 until the crises of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate.  For his work on this book, Sam was recently awarded the Paul Murphy Prize in the History of Civil Liberties by the American Society for Legal History.  Alongside that project, Sam is beginning work on a new book on the American experience of cultural globalization in the first half of the twentieth century.