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The Bay Area Consortium for the History of Ideas in America (BACHIA) draws together a diverse group of scholars for workshops, talks, and informal salons.

NOTICE: BACHIA is currently on sabbatical from 2017-18. We expect to resume our regular program in Fall 2018. For any questions, please contact Alastair at 

We are professors, graduate students, and independent scholars, with expertise in classical civilization, political thought, computer culture, libertarianism, modernization theory, and more. We have published on everything from the history of Grecian gowns to Burning Man.  BACHIA is based in the Stanford history department but hosts events throughout the Bay Area.  To learn more about upcoming events, contact Alastair Su

BACHIA Members

Alastair Su

Ph.D. Candidate in History, Stanford University

Jonathan Gienapp

Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University

Richard Cándida- Smith

Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Nils Gilman

Associate Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

Leah Gordon

Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

David Hollinger

Preston Hotchkis Professor Emeritus, Professor Graduate School , University of California, Berkeley

Natalie Johnson

Ph.D. Candidate in History , Stanford University

Kerwin Klein

Professor of History , University of California, Berkeley

Glory Liu

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Stanford University

Kathryn Lum

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University

Fred Turner

Harry and Norman Chandler Professor, Department of Communication, Stanford University
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