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Jonathan Merritt 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.

Courses Taught:
  • FYS/Honors 100 101: First Year Seminar
  • HIST 152: Liberty, Empire, and Faith in U.S. History
  • HIST 295C: Struggle For Freedom
  • IST 350: Sex and Power in Early America
  • HIST 355: Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • HIST 395A: Interpreting the American Revolution

“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.

  • Education

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