Leo Ribuffo

Leo Ribuffo

Society of the Cincinnati George Washington Distinguished Professor of History
Phillips Hall 318
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-6469
[email protected]

Leo P. Ribuffo specializes in 20th century US history and American intellectual history. He is currently writing The Limits of Moderation: Jimmy Carter and the Ironies of American Liberalism, which interprets Jimmy Carter's presidency in broad social and cultural context. based on extensive use of archival material at his presidential library, including recently declassified documents relating to foreign policy and defense. He has taught in China and lectured in Japan, Mexico, Germany, India, Nigeria, and the Republic of Korea.


Ph.D., Yale University, 1976.


“Twenty Suggestions for Studying the Right Now that Studying the Right is Trendy.” Historically Speaking 12, no. 1 (January 2011): 2-6.

“Ain’t It Awful? You Bet. It Always Is.” Forum on the historical profession in the twenty-first century. In Recent Themes on Historians and the Public, ed. Donald A. Yerxa. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.

“The American Catholic Church and Ordered Liberty.” In Recent Themes in American Religious History, ed. Randall J. Stephens, 51-55. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.

“Religion and American Politics.” Humanities (Tokyo), March 2008.

"George W. Bush, the 'Faith-Based Presidency,' and the Latest 'Evangelical Menace.'" Journal of American and Canadian Studies (Japan) 24 (2006): 17-37. Chinese translation published in Religion and American Society (Shanghai) 4 (2008): 590-619.

"Family Policy Past as Prologue: Jimmy Carter, the White House Conference on Families, and the Mobilization of the New Christian Right." Review of Policy Research 23, no. 2 (March 2006): 311-38.

Right Center Left: Essays in American History. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

The Old Christian Right: The Protestant Far Right from the Great Depression to the Cold War Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1983. Winner, 1985 Merle Curti Prize for best book in intellectual history, awarded by the Organization of American Historians.

Editor, "Contemporary America." Special Issue of American Quarterly 35, no. 1/2 (Spring-Summer 1983).

Classes Taught

Hist 3320: U.S. History, 1890-1945
Hist 6320-21: Readings/Research Seminar: Recent U.S. History
Hist 6350: American Social Thought Since World War II