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, with special interests in colonial political culture, the coming of the American Revolution, and cultural nationalism in the early republic.
My dissertation, “Past and Prologue: History Culture and the American Revolution,” explores the role of the past and historical memory in the culture and politics of the American revolutionary era.
My research has been generously supported by a number of institutions, including the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Smith National Library at Mount Vernon.
I am a founding member and Contributing Editor of 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. I can be also be found on Twitter at: @MichaelHattem.
For more information, see my website: http://michaelhattem.wordpress.com.