Leila Zenderland


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American Studies Department, CSUF

800 North state College Blvd.,UH 313  

Fullerton, CA 92831

Leila  Zenderland, Ph. D

Professor of American Studies


1986, Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania


History of the social sciences; history of psychology; popular culture; history of the American South; transnational American Studies.



Measuring Minds:  Henry Herbert Goddard and the Origins of American Intelligence Testing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; Paperback 2001).

Editor and Introduction, Recycling the Past: Popular Uses of American History(Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978).

Book in Progress:

Finding the “Class of 1933”:  Studying Culture, Personality, and Nationality in an Age of War

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Social Science as a 'Weapon of the Weak':  Max Weinreich, the Yiddish Scientific Institute, and the Study of Culture, Personality, and Prejudice.'"  Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society104:4 (December 2013): 742-772.

“Representing German Sociology in 1930s America:  Willy Gierlichs and Walter Beck at Yale.” In Transnationale Vergesellschaftungen  [Transnationalism and Society: 100th Anniversary of the German Sociological Association]. Frankfurt, Germany: Springer VS,  2012.

“Constructing American Studies: Culture, Identity, and the Expansion of the Humanities.” In David Hollinger, ed., The Humanities and the Dynamics of Inclusion Since 1945. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, pp. 273-313.

 "The Parable of the Kallikak Family: Explaining the Meaning of Heredity in 1912.”  In Steven Noll and James Trent, Jr., eds., Mental Retardation in America:  A Historical Reader.  New York: New YorkUniversity Press, 2003, pp. 165-185.

 "Contextualizing Documents, Data, and Controversies: Working with the Henry Herbert Goddard Papers." In David Baker, ed., Thick Description and Fine Texture: Studies in the History of Psychology.  Akron: University of Akron Press, 2003, pp. 76-107.

 "Biblical Biology: American Protestant Social Reformers and the Early Eugenics Movement." Science in Context, 11: 3-4 (Fall and Winter 1998), pp. 511-525.

 "The Bell Curve and the Shape of History." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 33 (Spring 1997), pp. 135-139. 

 "On Interpreting Photographs, Faces, and the Past." American Psychologist, 43 (September 1988), pp. 743-744.

 "Education, Evangelism, and the Origins of Clinical Psychology: The Child Study Legacy." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 24 (April 1988), pp. l52-l65.

 "The Debate over Diagnosis: Henry Herbert Goddard and the Medical Acceptance of Intelligence Testing." In Michael Sokal, ed., Psychological Testing and American Society, 1890-1930 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1987; paperback, 1990).


Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for the History of Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2014

Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2014-15

Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 2007-2008

Fulbright Professor of American History, University of Bremen, Germany, Spring 2002

Rockefeller Archive Center Research Grant, Summer 1999

National Science Foundation Research Grant, Summer 1991

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, Summer 1988


Professor Zenderland is on academic leave, and therefore will not be holding office hours.