Michael D. Hattem


I received my PhD in History from Yale University in 2017, after receiving my B.A. in History from The City College of New York in 2011. For the 2017-18 academic year, I am serving as a Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and Visiting Faculty at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School.

I focus primarily on eighteenth-century political culture and intellectual history, with special interests in colonial political culture, print culture, the coming of the American Revolution, the American Enlightenment, and cultural nationalism in the early republic.

My manuscript, Past and Prologue: The Politics of Memory in the American Revolution, explores the role of the past and historical memory in the culture and politics of the American revolutionary era and is currently under contract to Yale University Press.

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.