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Biography: Timothy H. Breen

William Smith Mason Professor of American History
Northwestern University
Founding Director of the Kaplan Humanities Center and the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Timothy H BreenTimothy H. Breen is a leading historian of Colonial and Revolutionary America. He is presently director of the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University. He has been a fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Rome; additionally, he has been a Guggenheim fellow and held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study and the National Humanities Center as well as the Pitt Professorship at Cambridge University and the Harmsworth Professorship at Oxford University.

He has published over sixty scholarly articles and eleven books, many of which have won prestigious awards.  Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories won the Historical Preservation Prize, and one his more recent books Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence won the Colonial War Society Prize.  One of his most important books (co-authored with Stephen Innes), Myne Owne Ground: Race and Freedom on Virginia’s Eastern Shore has become a seminal text in African American historical studies of colonial America.  Professor Breen is currently developing a new work on Revolutionary Vermont and working on a book that reconstructs a tour of the new United States conducted by George Washington during his first term as president.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013: "The Revolutionary Origins Of American Civil Society: Law, Toleration, And The Language Of Rights"

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