For the 2017-18 academic year, I am serving as a Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and a Visiting Scholar at the Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. In 2017, I received my Ph.D. in History from Yale University. I also hold M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in History from Yale University and a B.A. in History from The City College of New York via the 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 (and of) 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 rising dissenting intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.

My current manuscript, Past and Prologue: The Politics of Memory in the American Revolution, explores the role of the historical past in revolutionary American culture and politics, particularly the importance of changing historical memories of the British and colonial pasts in shaping the dynamics of the coming of the American Revolution and the development of early American nationalism. The manuscript is currently under contract to Yale University Press.

I am the Managing Editor and co-founder of The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History and have contributed to numerous other websites. I am also both a contributor to and Producer of The JuntoCast, the first podcast devoted to early American history. In addition, I was a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin at Yale University from 2012 to 2015, and I have served as a historical consultant for a number of projects, including auctions and television documentaries.


Michael D. Hattem