Isaac Kramnick is the Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government Emeritus at Cornell where he has taught since 1972. Prior to coming to Cornell he had taught at Harvard, Brandeis, and Yale. He is from rural Massachusetts and was educated at Harvard and Cambridge University.
Professor Kramnick has taught and written principally in the area of English and American political thought and history. He has written or edited some 20 books among which his Bolingbroke and His Circle: The Politics of Nostalgia in the Age of Walpole won the Conference of British Studies Prize for best book on British politics. His books also include studies of Edmund Burke, a biography of the English socialist Harold Laski, an edition of the Federalist Papers and the recent Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State which he co-authored with R. Laurence Moore of Cornell’s History Department.
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, fellowships, and honors. He is a fellow of Britain’s Royal Historical Society and served in 1989 as President of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. At Cornell he has received the Clark Award for distinguished teaching, the Steven Weiss Prize for teaching, and in 1996 he was chosen through student ballots to be the Cornell Sun’s “favorite professor of the year.”
Professor Kramnick was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Cornell from 2001 to 2005. He served his colleagues at Cornell as Chair of the Government Department from 1981 to 1985 and again from 1996 to 2001. He was Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1986 to 1989 and Faculty-elected Trustee from 1990-1994.