Michael Blaakman

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at Yale, where I study the history of politics, culture, and capitalism in early America. My dissertation is a national study of land speculators, land mania, and state formation between American independence and 1812. In 2013-14, my research is being generously supported by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia. I also put in some work every now and then on an ongoing side project–an article-length microhistory of one nineteenth-century woman’s legal campaign to recover a lost landed inheritance in central New York.

Originally from Rochester, New York, I completed a B.A. in history at William & Mary and an M.A. and M.Phil. at Yale. Between college and graduate school, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship brought me to a university in Košice, Slovakia, where I taught English and American Studies.

In my spare time I enjoy cocktails, cooking, choral singing, and working as a writing advisor at Yale’s Graduate Writing Center.