Jonathan Den Hartog
Associate Professor of History
An Iowan by birth, I attended college in Michigan and graduate school in Indiana. I live in the Twin Cities with my wife and two daughters. In my spare time I enjoy golfing and cheering on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Ph.D. in History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2006)
The American Revolution and Early American Republic
Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program in American Institutions and Ideals, Princeton University. 2012-2013 Academic Year
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipend (2009).
“John Jay and the ‘Great Plan of Providence’” in The Forgotten Founders on Church and State, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark D. Hall, and Jeffry H. Morrison (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2009), 145-170.
“Practicing Religions, Empires, and Degrees of Toleration,” in Reviews in American History (June 2012), forthcoming.
Currently, I am working on...
A manuscript addressing religion and politics in the early American republic. The working title is “Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New Nation."
Office Location: N3219
The parts of the discipline of history that most intrigue and fascinate me are...
I get a thrill working in the archives and being able to handle documents that were produced by individuals two hundred years ago. I also love being able to make unexpected connections between ideas, individuals, or groups that cross temporal and geographical boundaries.
One of the things I enjoy most in the classroom is...
Interaction with students! I believe that learning occurs best in the give and take of a community, wrestling with a historical text or issue.
Some interesting things I have done in the past include...
I toured Europe as an undergrad. As a graduate student I traveled to a number of archives around the country. I’ve also had some demanding summer jobs.
Books which have shaped who I am as an historian:
George Marsden, Fundamentalism and American Culture (1980, 2005).
Advice I would give to college students:
You will never have as much time to read and explore as you do right now. Take advantage of it to build your knowledge, your skills, and your library.