Joseph F. Kett

James Madison Professor, Emeritus

Field & Specialties

American Intellectual and Cultural History


B.A Holy Cross 1959
M.A Harvard 1960
PhD. Harvard 1964


Selected Publications and Awards

The Pursuit of Knowledge Under Difficulties: From Self-Improvement to Adult Education in America, 1750-1990 (Stanford, 1994).

Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America, 1790-Present. Basic Books, 1977.

The Formation of the American Medical Profession, 1780-1860. Yale University Press, 1968.

"The Adolescence of Vocational Education," in Harvey Kantor and David Tyack, eds., Work, Youth. and Schooling: Historical Perspectives on Vocational Education. Stanford, 1982.

"The Perils of Precocity," in John Demos and Sarane S. Bocock, eds., Turning Points: Historical and Sociological Essays on the Family. University of Chicago Press, 1978.

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; Charles Warren Center, 1969.