Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her most recent book is American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (2012). 

Written by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

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Essay/
Politics and government
American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic force

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Habits to be ‘but coaxed downstairs a step at a time’. Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) enjoys a cigar at his family home in Dublin, New Hampshire in 1906 Photo by Bettmann/Corbis

Essay/
Self-improvement
The lost hope of self-help

Habits – good or bad – were once a matter of ethical seriousness. Are they now just another technology of self-absorption?

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen