I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Knox College since 2018. After receiving my Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2017, I served one year as a Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and Visiting Faculty at The New School before coming to Knox. 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 cultural memory in (and of) early America, the origins and causes of the American Revolution, the American Enlightenment, print culture, and colonial New York City. My teaching interests include: colonial America, the Atlantic World, the American Revolution, the early republic, the Civil War, and such topics as cultural memory, capitalism, empire, and gender.

My current manuscript, Past and Prologue: The Politics of Memory in the American Revolution (forthcoming from Yale University Press), 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.

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


Michael D. Hattem
Department of History
Knox College

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