Distinguished University Professor Joseph Conforti is Professor of American and New
England Studies at the University of Southern Maine. (Ph.D., Brown University) 

He received his PhD in American Civilization from Brown University. He has been the
recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been the
recipient of the Richard Beale Davis Prize of the Modern Language Association and the
Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association's annual best book award and
the Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council, 2010. 

He is the author of five books on New England, including Imagining New England:
Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Twentieth Century (University
of North Carolina Press) and Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America
(Johns Hopkins University Press). He also edited and contributed to Creating Portland:
History and Place in Northern New England (University Press of New England). 



Connecticut: A Historic Identity-Free Zone, Connecticut History (2010)

An essay is presented on the historical identity of Connecticut. It examines the origins of...



Mary Lyon, the Founding of Mount Holyoke College and the Cultural Revival of Jonathan Edwards, Religion & American Culture (1993)

Mary Lyon (1797-1849) founded Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1837. She was raised a Baptist but...



The Invention of the Great Awakening, 1795-1842, Early American Literature (1991)


Jonathan Edwards and American Studies, American Quarterly (1989)

Reviews 'Jonathan Edwards and the American Experience' (1988), edited by Nathan O. Hatch and Harry...



Another City upon a Hill: A New England Memoir (Portuguese in the Americas Series), Faculty & Staff Books (2013)

This gripping memoir is both a personal story and a portrait of a distinctive New...


Creating Portland: History and Places in Northern New England, Faculty & Staff Books (2007)

Portland, the largest city in Maine, has recently become one of the most popular destinations...


Saints and strangers : New England in British North America, Faculty & Staff Books (2006)

In the first general history of colonial New England to be published in over twenty-five...


Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to Mid Twentieth Century, Faculty & Staff Books (2001)

Imagining New England investigates New England as a cultural invention, tracing the region's changing identity...


Contributions to Books

New England, Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History (2012)

Sixty years ago, an encyclopedia devoted to U.S. social history would have been unthinkable. The...


New England Landscapes and Regional Identity, A Landscape History of New England (2011)

A Landscape History of New England takes a view of New England’s landscapes that goes...