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Jonathan Nash

Academic Interests:

Early America; Early U.S. Republic; American Revolution; Atlantic World; history of childhood; crime and punishment in the antebellum United States.


My research focuses on the emergence of imprisonment as a form of punishment in the United States and on the nation's first prisoners.  I am beginning a new project that analyzes attempts to confine and reform wayward children in the early United States. 2015 Conference Presentation at Tel Aviv University, Israel, "Unquiet Spirits" and the Transition to Incarceration in the Early United States.


"'This Scourge of Confinement': James Morton's Experiences of Incarceration in the Antebellum United States," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 139 (April 2015): 109-134.





Contact Information:

Office: Richarda N5
Phone: 320 363 5255
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Mondays 2:00-3:00PM; Wednesdays 11:30AM-12:00PM; Thursdays 2:30-3:00PM; and by appointment

Educational Information:

B.A:  Xavier University
M.A: University at Albany, SUNY
Ph.D: University at Albany, SUNY 

Courses Taught:

FYS 100 & 101: First Year Seminar
HIST 152: American Experience
HIST 200: History Colloquium
HIST 350: Early America
HIST 152B North America: From the European Invasion to the Confederate Rebellion
HIST 355  Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIST 395A: Interpreting the American Revolution