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, 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 emerging in the middle colonies during the 1740s and 1750s.
My dissertation, “Past and Prologue: History Culture and the American Revolution, 1730-1800,” explores the role of the past in American culture and politics from the colonial period to the early republic.
I am a founding member and Contributing Editor at The Junto, a group blog on Early American history. I am also the Producer of The JuntoCast: A Podcast on Early American History, a contributor to a number of online outlets, and a former Research Assistant at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin.
For more information (including my CV), see my website: http://michaelhattem.wordpress.com.