Robert Westbrook grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. Educated at Yale and Stanford, he taught American history at Scripps College and Yale before moving to the University of Rochester, where he has been a member of the history department for over thirty years. He is currently Joseph F. Cunningham Professor there. His books include John Dewey and American Democracy (1991); Why We Fought: Forging American Obligations in World War II (2004); and Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth (2005). His essays and reviews appear regularly in The Christian Century and Raritan. He lives with fellow Coloradan and his wife of forty-eight years, Shamra, as well as two dogs, three cats, nine chickens and a rooster in Brockport, New York.

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