Professional/ C.V.

This is an abbreviated description of my professional activities. Should you like more detailed information, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Jonathan Den Hartog

Department of History, N3219
University of Northwestern (St. Paul)
3003 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55113
jdenhartog [at]


2012-2013, Garwood Visiting Fellow, James Madison Program, Princeton University

August 2011 to Present, Associate Professor of History, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, MN

2006 to 2011, Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern College


August 2006, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Ph.D. in History,
Ph.D. dissertation topic: “‘Patriotism and Piety’: Orthodox Religion and Federalist Political Culture”
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. George Marsden.

December 2002, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
M.A. in History
Major Fields: American colonial history, the early American republic to 1865, and American religious history.
Minor Field: Renaissance and Reformation Europe

My current research entails two projects. One focuses on “Transatlantic Antijacobinism,” recognizing the networks throughout the Atlantic World that opposed the French Revolution. The other deals with John Jay’s political thought in the context of the American Revolution.


September 2012, Garwood Visiting Fellowship for 2012-13 academic year, James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Politics
Department Princeton University.

March 2012, American Historical Print Collectors Society Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, Massachusetts).

March 2012, Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship, Clements Library, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI).

March 2012, Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Grant, Northwestern

October 2011, Faculty Development Grant, Northwestern College.

October 2009, Faculty Development Grant, Northwestern College.

March 2009, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2009).

February 2009, Faculty Development Grant, Northwestern College.

March 2008, Faculty Development Grant, Northwestern College.

August 2004-May 2005 , Teaching Apprentice Fellowship, Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning,  University of Notre Dame.

Spring 2004, Zahm Research and Travel Grant, Graduate School, University of Notre Dame.

October 2003, Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Summer 2003 , Civitas Fellow, the Center for Public Justice.

1999-2003, Presidential Fellowship, University of Notre Dame.



“Patriotism and Piety”: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New Nation. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 2015.
Description: The book uses biographical sketches to trace how Federalist leaders wrestled with the issue of religion’s place in the early American republic. It argues that Federalist attempts to bring religion into the political sphere altered both the character of politics and the practice of religion in the new nation, transforming both from their Revolutionary character to a voluntarist configuration. The interdisciplinary study adds to historical understanding in the fields of both American political and American religious history.


“‘National and Provinciall Churches are nullityes’: Henry Dunster’s Puritan Argument against the Puritan Established Church,” Article forthcoming from the Journal of Church and State.

“Elias Boudinot, Presbyterians, and the Quest for a ‘Righteous Republic’” in Faith and the Founders of the American Republic, ed. Daniel L. Dreisbach and Mark D. Hall (NY: Oxford University Press, 2014).

“Transatlantic Anti-Jacobinism: Religion and Reaction” in Early American Studies Special Issue: “Forming Nations, Reforming Empires: Atlantic Politics in the ‘Long Eighteenth Century.’” Early American Studies 11 (Winter 2013): 133-145.

“Politics: Colonial Era,” interpretive essay for the Encyclopedia of Religion in America (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 3: 1674-1682.

“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.

“John Jay” in America’s Forgotten Founders, ed. Gary L. Gregg II and Mark David Hall (Louisville, KY: McConnell Center Books/Butler Books, 2008), 52-65.

“Remembering the Federalists: Constructing a Federalist History in the Early American Republic” in Proceedings of the American Historical Association, 2008 (Ann Arbor, MI: Proquest Information and Learning, 2008).


“Republicanism” and “Constitutional Convention” in The World of the American Revolution: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ABC-Clio, forthcoming.

“Protestantism” and “Fundamentalism” in Ideas and Movements in American History, ABC-Clio, forthcoming.

“Abraham Lincoln’s House Divided Speech,” Defining Documents Project, EBSCO Press, forthcoming.

“Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address,” Defining Documents Project, EBSCO Press, forthcoming.

“Timothy Dwight,” “Elias Boudinot,” “Lemuel Hopkins,” and “Peter Van Schaack,” entries for the Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, (NY: Continuum, 2012).

“Henry Ware” and “Leonard Woods,” entries for the Dictionary of Early American Philosophers, ed. John R. Shook (NY: Thoemmes Continuum, 2012), 1080-1084, 1185-1188.


“Stretching the Parameters of Religion in the Revolutionary Era,” Review Essay of Gregg Frazer, The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution; Nicholas Miller, The Religious Roots of the First Amendment; and Amanda Porterfield, Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation in Religion and Politics (forthcoming).

“Practicing Religions, Empires, and Degrees of Toleration,” Review Essay of Linda Gregerson and Susan Juster, eds., Empires of God: Religious Encounters in the Early Modern Atlantic and Christopher Beneke and Christopher Grenda, eds. The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America in Reviews in American History 40 (June 2012): 175-180.


Review of John Fea, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation, in The Journal of Church and State 55(March 2013): 162-164.

Review of Willard Sterne Randall, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, in The Historian 74 (Winter 2012): 850-81.

Review of James Hutson, Church and State in America: The First Two Centuries, in Histoire sociale—Social History 42 (November 2009): 496-498.

Review of Nicholas Guyatt, Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876, in Journal of the Early Republic 29 (Spring 2009): 151-154.

“Rediscovering John Jay,” Review of Walter Stahr, John Jay: Founding Father, in Modern Age 49 (Spring 2007): 162-165.

Review of David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing, in Fides et Historia 37 (Winter/Spring 2005): 158-159.


April 2014, “Reading and Writing Anti-Jacobinism in the Early Republic,”
Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Organized Panel on “Religion and Transatlantic Print Culture.”

April 2012, “Evangelicals and the Federalist Party,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. Organized Panel on
“Explorations of Religion and Politics from the Early Republic to the Civil War.”

July 2011, “Comment on Panel: Revival, Rhetoric, and Public Order in
Antebellum America,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, PA.

July 2010, “Protestantism and the American Revolution Seminar,” The
Witherspoon Institute, Princeton, NJ. Competitive Application, Invited Participant.

April 2010, “Unacquainted with Christianity’s alphabet: American Rebuttals of Paine’s Age of Reason,” Organization of American Historians
Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Organized panel on “The Bible in Early America.”

January 2010, “Reassessing John Adams and the Rationalist Accommodation of Religion in the Revolutionary Era,” American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

July 2009, “Religious Transformations in the Jay Family: From Providential Nationalism to Moralism and Voluntarism,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Springfield,      Illinois. Organized panel on “Revolutionary Legacies in the Jay Family and Beyond: Religion, Abolition, and Reform.”

April 2009,  “The Politics of Infidelity: Timothy Dwight, Jedidiah Morse, and Religio-Political Conflict in the Early Republic,” American  Society of Church History Spring Meeting, Montreal, Quebec,   Canada.

February 2008, Liberty Fund Colloquium, “Liberty, Covenant, and the Old
Testament Roots of English Political Thought.” Cleveland, OH. Invited Participant.

January 2008, “Remembering the Federalists: Constructing a Federalist History in the Early American Republic,” American Historical Association
Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. Organized panel on “Memory and Politics in Early America.”

November 2007, “Post-Federalist Politics?: John Jay’s Sons in Antebellum New York,” Researching New York Conference, University of Albany
(SUNY), Albany, NY.

March 2007,  “John Jay,” Religion and the American Founding Conference, George Fox University, Newberg, OR.

March 2006, “Lived Religion, Politics, and the American Federalists,” Boston  College Conference on the History of Religion, Boston, MA.

June 2005, “Fundamentalism Revisited” Conference. White Lake, MI.
Invited Participant.

July 2004, “Religion and Politics in the Early Republic: The Case of Elias    Boudinot” at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s annual conference, Providence, RI.

May 2003, Liberty Fund Colloquium, “Dwelling in Possibility: Liberty,        Memory, and Nature in the Writings of the American Transcendentalists.” Concord, MA. Invited Participant.

May 2003,  “Biography and Belief: The Case of Caleb Strong” at the Graduate Student Forum organized by the Colonial Society of  Massachusetts, Boston, MA.

September 2002, “Watchmen in America” at the Colloquium on Religion and History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

March 2000, “Evangelicals in a Revolutionary Age: The Reaction of
Christianity Today to Civil Rights, the Sexual Revolution, and the Youth Revolt” at the Colloquium on Religion and History, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.


Fall 2006 to Present, Northwestern College/ University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor: Had sole responsibility for full-time teaching. Taught “History of Western Civilization,” “Honors History of Western Civilization,” “U.S. History to 1877,” “U.S. History since 1877,” “Introduction to Historical Studies,” “The American Revolution and Early Republic,” “American Religious History,” “Recent American History since 1945,” “Renaissance and Reformation Europe,” and “History Seminar.” Also directed various independent studies.

February 2004, University of Notre Dame
Earned “Certificate for Teaching Excellence,” awarded by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning.


American Historical Association
American Society of Church History
Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society
Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
Organization of American Historians
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

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