Kenneth S. Sacks

Professor
History

Kenneth S. Sacks came to Brown in 1995 and is Professor of History and Classics; he previously held the same positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He works on ancient Greek intellectual history, classical reception, and American Transcendentalism. He is the author of Polybius on the Writing of History (University of California Press, 1981), Diodorus Siculus and the First CenturyUnderstanding Emerson: “The American Scholar” and His Struggle for Self-Reliance (Princeton University Press, 2003); the editor of The Political Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson for The Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2008); and co-editor of Crossing the Mediterranean: A Scholarly Periplos (Brill, forthcoming). He is working on a book about Emerson’s later years, Emerson’s Civil Wars. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is currently a fellow of the Cogut Center for the Humanities.