Margaret C. Jacob, professor in the Department of
History, has established a unique record of scholarly
achievements, teaching and service at UCLA, following
work in Britain, France, Holland, and other institutions
in the United States.
The author or co-author of ten books and numerous scholarly
articles, Professor Jacob has established a stellar
record of insightful and archive-based scholarship.
She joined the UCLA faculty in 1998.
Throughout her work, Jacob roots the Enlightenment
in aspects of the history of science, but beyond that,
she moves through political theory, developments in
civil society, movements of people and ideas among nations,
the rise of radical and republican sentiments, and women's
contributions to the domestication of science within
most recent published book, The Enlightenment: A
Brief History (2001), presents a reinterpretation
of the Enlightenment, exploring popular roots of intellectual
change. Her forthcoming study (with Larry Stewart),
Practical Matter: The Impact of Newton's Science,
1687 to 1851, will appear in the autumn from Harvard
University Press. She is now finishing a book on the
origins of cosmopolitanism.