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. 


“Practicing Benedictine Values to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment,” Headwaters 30 (2017): 223-241.

“‘The Prison Has Failed’: The New York State Prison, In the City of New York, 1797-1828,” New York History 98.1 (2017): 71-89.

“‘This Scourge Of Confinement’: James Morton’s Experiences of Incarceration in the Antebellum United States,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography 139 (April 2015): 109-134.