I am currently a sixth-year PhD candidate in History and Teaching Fellow at Yale University. I received my B.A. in History from The City College of New York and CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies.

My field is early American history, within which I focus primarily on intersections between culture and politics in the long eighteenth century. I am especially interested in the origins and causes of the American Revolution, cultural memory in early America, the American Enlightenment, print culture, and colonial New York City.

Some of my previous research has focused on the political economy of popular resistance in New York City during the imperial crisis, the Enlightenment in print in colonial New York, and the conflict over cultural authority between the first generation of native-born, High Church Anglican clergy and the dissenting intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.

My dissertation, “Past and Prologue: History Culture and the American Revolution,” explores the role of the historical past in American culture and politics, particularly the importance of changing historical memories of the British and colonial pasts in shaping early American nationalism and the dynamics of both the coming and consequences of the Revolution.

I am a Contributing Editor of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History and have contributed to numerous other websites. I am also both a contributor and the producer of The JuntoCast, the first podcast devoted to early American history. In addition, I am also a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University. Finally, I have served as a historical consultant for a number of projects, including auctions and television documentaries.


Michael D. Hattem
Yale University
Department of History
P.O. Box 208324
New Haven, CT 06520-8324