Mark Boonshoft

Mark Boonshoft is currently a Ph.D. candidate in early American history at Ohio State University and received his B.A., also in history, from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

He focuses primarily on political and social history, particularly the interactions between voluntary associations and other social networks, religion, and the state across the colonial, revolutionary and early national eras. In his dissertation, which traces the development of educational and cultural institutions in the mid-Atlantic and upper South from the First Great Awakening to the early nineteenth century, he looks at the role these institutions played in the processes of imperial and national state formation, as well as how colonists and Americans used them to shape boundaries of participation and membership in both the formal and informal arenas of public life.

Mark is a member of The Junto and has published articles in The Journal of the Early Republic and New York History.


  • Ep. 7: The Great Awakening
  • Ep. 12: Bailyn’s “Ideological Origins of the American Revolution”
  • Ep. 13: Education in Early America

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