PhD Yale, 1968
Early American historian, interested in the history of political thought, material culture, and cultural anthropology.
Phone: (802) 656-3180
Timothy H. Breen (PhD Yale, 1968), William Smith Mason Professor of American History Emeritus and the founding Director of the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, is pleased to be joining the University of Vermont in 2013 as a Marsh Professor at Large. Professor Breen is an Early American historian interested in the history of political thought, material culture, and cultural anthropology. A Guggenheim fellow and recent recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Award from the German government and a Fellowship from the Max Planck Institute, he has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study and the National Humanities Center as well as the Pitt Professorship of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University and the Harmsworth Professorship at Oxford University. His numerous books include Tobacco Culture: the Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (recipient of the T. Saloutos Prize), Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories (winner of the Historical Preservation Book Prize), and portions of the highly successful undergraduate text, America: Past and Present. More recently Breen published Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence, winner of the Colonial War Society Prize for the best book in 2004 on the American Revolution, and American Insurgents -- American Patriots: The Revolution of the People (2010).