Robert H. Churchill
Department of Humanities
Hillyer Hall 107 C
Professor Churchill is a historian of early America. He specializes in the history of the American Revolution, early national political culture, and American political violence. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Massachusetts and Vermont. He received a B.A. in history from Brown University in 1987 and returned for a Masters in Teaching in social studies in 1989. While at Brown Professor Churchill worked for the Coalition of Essential Schools, a school reform project spearheaded by Theodore R. Sizer. After teaching social studies for four years in the public high school of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Professor Churchill enrolled in the history Ph. D program at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in early American history in 2001. Prior to arriving at the University of Hartford, Professor Churchill served as a lecturer at Princeton University.
Professor Churchill’s dissertation, “‘The Highest and Holiest Duty of Freemen’: Revolutionary Libertarianism in American History” compares a series of insurrectionary movements across several centuries of American history, tracing the roots of the militia movement of the 1990s back to the late eighteenth century. He is currently revising the dissertation for publication. He is author more recently of “Gun Ownership in Early America: A Survey of Manuscript Militia Returns,” William and Mary Quarterly, 60 (July, 2003); “Popular Nullification, Fries’ Rebellion, and the Waning of Radical Republicanism, 1798-1801,” Pennsylvania History, 67 (Winter, 2000); and “Guns and the Politics of History: A Review of Michael A. Bellesiles, Arming America,” Reviews in American History, 29 (September, 2001).
At the University of Hartford, Professor Churchill teaches in the Western Civilization program at Hillyer College and also teaches elective courses in American History in Hillyer College and the College of Arts and Sciences. He is currently developing several courses in global history, including an interdisciplinary course titled “Atlantic Journeys.”