About me

douma-square-IMG_4207_preview (1)I am Michael J. Douma, an Assistant Research Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, where I am the Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics.

I maintain an active research agenda in topics in American history (the Constitution, the Civil War, immigration) and in Dutch history (capitalism, slavery, Dutch Americans). I am also interested in the philosophy of history and in a multidisciplinary approach to knowledge that includes insights from folklore, ethics, economics, and cultural geography.

I have written for publication in the United States, the Netherlands, South Africa, and England, in peer-reviewed journals like Civil War History, American Studies, and Nineteenth Century American History, and in popular publications including the New York Times and The Hill. My next book, titled Creative Historical Thinking, is forthcoming with Routledge in 2018.SloaneImage

In addition to my research and teaching, I have been active in public history projects in the realms of historic preservation and folklore. I am happy to be a mentor to history graduate students around the country and present on topics of higher education at interdisciplinary seminars.

I have a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State University.  A proud native of Michigan, I’ve spent much of my adult life wandering the historic cities and archival centers of Europe. I live in a book-filled cabin in the mountains of West Virginia.

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