I am currently a 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, primarily eighteenth-century political culture and intellectual history. I am especially interested in the later colonial period and the coming of the American Revolution, particularly in the Middle Colonies. I am also interested in the Enlightenment, print culture, and history of the book in the colonial period, as well as the history of New York City.

Some of my previous research has focused on the political economy of 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 Politics in the American Revolution, 1750-1812,” explores the role of the past in American culture and politics from the colonial period to the early republic.

I also write about the intersections between the eighteenth century and our current political culture. 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, a semi-monthly podcast about 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