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About Johann N. Neem

Johann N. Neem is an historian of the American Revolution and the early American republic. His new book, "Democracy's Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America" (https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/democracys-schools) examines the origins and purposes of American public education between the Revolution and the Civil War. His first book, Creating a Nation of Joiners (http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674030794), published by Harvard University Press, examines the development of civil society in Massachusetts after American independence. Neem is also an active contributor to the conversation on higher education reform. A supporter of a meaningful liberal arts education for all Americans who come to college, Neem’s columns, essays, and talks argue that higher education reformers must always remember the higher purposes of American colleges.

Neem received his BA in history from Brown University, where he wrote his senior thesis on civic education under the guidance of Ted Sizer. He went on to complete his PhD at the University of Virginia under Peter Onuf. Neem is Professor of History at Western Washington University and a Senior Fellow of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

Positions

Present Professor, Department of History, Western Washington University Department of History
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Phone: (360)650-2511
Office: Bond Hall 332

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