Michael D. Hattem


I am currently a PhD candidate in early American history at Yale University. I received my B.A. in History from The City College of New York.

I focus primarily on 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, and the history of 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 cultural conflict between the first generation of native-born, High Church Anglican clergy and the dissenting, secular intelligentsia in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.

My dissertation explores “history culture” in British North America, specifically colonists’ historical memories of seventeenth-century Britain and their role in shaping late-colonial political culture, imperial identity, and the rhetoric of resistance during the imperial crisis.

I also write about the intersections between the eighteenth century and our current political culture. In addition to The Junto, I am the producer of “The JuntoCast” and have contributed to “Publick Occurrences 2.0” at Common-place, the Journal of the American Revolution, and The Readex Report. I am also currently a Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin.

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