Joyce Appleby, Stanford '50 Claremont Ph.D. '66, has been a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1981, having started her career at San Diego State University in 1967.
Writing on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England and France in addition to early America, she has had an abiding interest in how changing economic systems prompted new ways of thinking about human nature and social action. Her principal works are Economic Thought and Ideology in Seventeenth-Century England (1978), Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s (1984), Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination (1992), and Telling the Truth about History, with Lynn Hunt and Margaret Jacob (1994). In 1997 she edited Recollections of the Early Republic: Selected Autobiographies from Northeastern University Press.
In 1991, she served as President of the Organization of American Historians, and in 1997 as the President of the American Historical Association.