Best known for her 2016 New York Times bestseller WHITE TRASH, Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990, studying with Gerda Lerner. Her first book, SEX AND CITIZENSHIP IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA (University of North Carolina Press, 1998), examines the origins of the women's rights movement. It was awarded the annual prize of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) in 1999.
Her second book, FALLEN FOUNDER: THE LIFE OF AARON BURR (Viking, 2007), undertook to correct the many biased accounts across two centuries that have too easily portrayed as a villain Thomas Jefferson's vice president and the victor in the duel that ended Alexander Hamilton's life. FALLEN FOUNDER received critical acclaim, was a Main Selection of the History Book Club, won the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award for non-fiction, and was a runner-up for the Los Angeles Times book prize in biography.
Her widely praised third book, MADISON AND JEFFERSON (Random House, 2010), coauthored with Andrew Burstein, was a New York Times ebook bestseller and named one of top five non-fiction titles of 2010 by Kirkus. Isenberg and Burstein have joined together to write THE PROBLEM OF DEMOCRACY: THE PRESIDENTS ADAMS CONFRONT THE CULT OF PERSONALITY (Viking, 2019).
Professor Isenberg has been featured on C-SPAN2 "Book TV," and on various NPR programs over the years. She and Andrew Burstein have been regular contributors to Salon.com and continue to write history-accented pieces about modern political and cultural affairs for a variety of national news outlets.
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