Don Johnson

Associate Professor

PhD 2015, Northwestern University

422P Minard Hall

Telephone: 701-231-6845

Research Areas: Colonial and Revolutionary America, Popular Politics, War and Society, Early Modern Empires, and Memory Studies 

Don Johnson researches popular politics during the era of the American Revolution, with a particular emphasis on how the experiences of ordinary people shaped social and political change. His first book, Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution ( argues that the everyday abuses and hardships of military occupation doomed attempts by British soldiers and statesmen to re-incorporate the colonies into the Empire and sowed the seeds of anti-monarchical thinking into the postwar era. He is currently working on two inter-related projects: a study of local-level revolutionary organization between April 1775 and July 1776 and a larger history of the Continental Congress's collective leadership during the Revolutionary war.

At NDSU, Johnson teaches courses and advises graduate students on early America, memory studies, and historical research and writing. He also has expertise in public history and material culture studies.

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Courses Taught:

HIST 103: US History to 1877
HIST 130: The American Presidency
HIST 328: War and Society in America
HIST 390: Historical Research and Writing
HIST 415/615: Memory and Memorialization in America
HIST 420/620: Colonial America
HIST 421/621: Revolutionary America
HIST 730: The Age of Atlantic Revolutions

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