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 examines the frantic wave of land speculation that swept across the early republic during the three decades following U.S. independence, focusing particularly on the relationships between revolution, financial interests, and state formation. The research for this project has been generously supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, among others. I am also interested in gender history, and am the author of an article-length microhistory of one nineteenth-century woman’s legal campaign to recover a lost landed inheritance in central New York, which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Early American Studies.

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 cooking, sailing, choral singing, and working as a writing advisor at Yale’s Graduate Writing Center.