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Lane Hall-Witt

Lecturer and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Diploma Program


Wright Hall 129


Lane Hall-Witt is director of Smith's Interdisciplinary Studies Diploma Program, a one-year program of graduate study for international students. Hall-Witt holds degrees in history from the University of Oregon and Yale University. He has a broad range of interests in 19h- and 20th-century U.S. history: myths and ideals of “America”; “racial” thinking; the U.S. West; social conflicts on the U.S. homefront during times of war; ideas of competition, conflict and cooperation in U.S. thought on economics, politics and national security; theories concerning the institutional organization of “freedom” (capitalist economies, democratic politics and representative governance); abundance and want as themes in U.S. culture and society; and the interpretation of suicide as a symptom that reveals problems in U.S. life.

Hall-Witt also conducted extensive research in philosophy and social theory, with a particular interest in the ways evolutionary theory, game theory and network theory are shaping contemporary approaches to social organization and historical process. His seminar “The Unexceptional U.S.,” is a cultural and social analysis of myths associated with the idea of American Exceptionalism.

Office Hours

Fall 2021

Monday, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (on Zoom)


M.A., Yale University
B.A., University of Oregon