Jonathan Den Hartog, Ph.D.

Department Chair of History & Related Fields
Professor of History
Contact Information
Nazareth Hall 3219

Jonathan Den Hartog has been teaching at University of Northwestern since 2006. He is dedicated to providing a top-quality education for his students and enjoys challenging his students to understand historical developments in light of contemporary questions. 

Den Hartog lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and children. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and cheering on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.


Ph.D. in History, University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
M.A., University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
B.A., Hillsdale College (Michigan)

Specialty Areas

  • The American Revolution
  • Early American Republic
  • American Political History
  • American Religious History
  • Early American History to the Civil War
  • History of Christianity

For a fuller look at Professor Den Hartog's scholarly endeavors, read his Curriculum Vitae.

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).
  • Daniel Walker Howe, The Political Culture of the American Whigs (1980).
  • David Hackett Fischer, Historians' Fallacies (1970).

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.

Selected Professional Accomplishments


  • Book: Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation (University of Virginia Press, 2015).
  • Article: "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.
  • Chapter in Edited Volume: "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).
  • Article: "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.
  • Chapter in Edited Volume: "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.
  • Review Essay: "Practicing Religions, Empires, and Degrees of Toleration," in Reviews in American History 40 (June 2012): 175-180.

Selected Presentations

  • American Historical Association Conference
  • Organization of American Historians Conference
  • American Society of Church History Conference
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Conference


  • Garwood 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).
  • Research Grants from the American Antiquarian Society, the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
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