Established in 1986 by the University in memory of Arthur Oncken Lovejoy

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library ARTHUR O. LOVEJOY, professor of history at Hopkins from 1910 to 1939, is credited with the introduction of the interdisciplinary academic area known as the history of ideas. He founded the Journal of the History of Ideas and established the Hopkins History of Ideas Club. Professor Lovejoy was the first chairman of the Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and his opinions often appeared in the editorial pages of The Baltimore Sun. He also was a founder of the American Association of University Professors and a strong proponent of the right of faculty members to teach unencumbered by ideological restrictions. Dr. Lovejoy continued to produce books and articles up to his death in 1962.


RICHARD L. KAGAN, the Arthur Oncken Lovejoy Professor of History, joined The Johns Hopkins University's Department of History in 1972. His scholarship specializes in the history of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on Habsburg Spain and its overseas empire. He also has long-standing interests in art history, cultural history, history of cartography and urban history. His belief in integrating literature into the study of history is reflected in his joint appointment as professor in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures.

Dr. Kagan’s books include Students and Society in Early Modern Spain (1974), Lawsuits and Litigants in Castile, 1500-1700 (1981), Lucrecia’s Dreams: Politics and Prophecy in Sixteenth-Century Spain (1990), and Urban Images of the Hispanic World, 1493-1793 (2000). He has edited and contributed to several volumes, including Spanish Cities of the Golden Age (1989), Spain, Europe, and the Atlantic World (1995), a volume of essays dedicated to his mentor, John H. Elliott, that he co-edited with Geoffrey Parker; Spain in America: The Origins of Hispanism in the United States (2002); Inquisitorial Inquiries: The Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics (2004); and, together with colleague Philip D. Morgan, the Harry C. Black Professor, Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism 1500-1800 (2008). His most recent book, Clio and the Crown: The Politics of History in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, was published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Professor Kagan is currently preparing a new book provisionally entitled The Spanish Craze: The ‘Discovery’ of the Art and Culture of Spain and Spanish America in the United States, ca. 1890-ca. 1930.