Dr. Andrew M. Schocket


Andrew M. Schocket, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor, Graduate Faculty
  • Phone: 419-372-8197
  • Email: aschock@bgsu.edu
  • Address: 19 Williams Hall


Professor, History and American Culture Studies

He is author of Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia (2007) and Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution (2015), has published in a variety of academic journals as well as written for the public in such venues as the Washington Post, the San Francisco ChronicleSalon, the New York Daily News, and through the erstwhile History News Service; and blogs at andyschocket.net. He is involved in various digital humanities projects, most recently the Magazine of Early American Datasets.  He has been actively involved in the Bowling Green State University Faculty Association, having served as one of the co-chairs of its first card campaign, as Director of Communications during the negotiation of its first contract, and is currently an officer. 

Fields of Study

  • American Cultural History
  • Digital Humanities
  • Memory in American Culture
  • The Culture and History of Early North America
  • The American Revolution
  • The Atlantic World


  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
    1993-2001, Ph.D. in History
    Dissertation: “Consolidating Power: Technology, Ideology, and Philadelphia’s Growth in the Early Republic.”
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
    1986-1990, B.A. in History

Selected Publications

  • “The Constitution Counted Free Women and Children—And It Mattered,” Andrew M. Schocket, Kinzey M. McLaren-Czerr, and Colin J. Spicer, Journal of the American Revolution, July 2019, https://allthingsliberty.com/2019/07/the-constitution-counted-free-women-and-children-and-it-mattered/. Reprinted in Don N. Hagist, ed., “Journal of the American Revolution: Annual Volume 2019” (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2019).
  • Hamilton and the American Revolution on Stage and Screen,” in Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, eds., Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past (Rutgers University Press, 2018), 167-186.
  • “The American Revolution Rebooted: Hamilton and Genre in Contemporary Culture,” Journal of the Early Republic, Summer 2017, Vol. 37, No. 2, 263-269.
  • Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution.  New York: New York University Press, 2015.
  • Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia.  DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007.
  • “Benjamin Franklin in Popular Memory,” in David Waldstreicher, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Benjamin Franklin. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2011, 479-498.
  • “Little Founders on the Small Screen: Interpreting a Multicultural American Revolution for Children’s Television,” Journal of American Studies, online print preview May 2010; print February, 2011 Vol. 45, No. 1, 145-163.
  • “The American Revolution: New Directions for a New Century,” Reviews in American History, September 2010, vol. 38, No. 3, 576-586
  • Isaac Land and Andrew M. Schocket, “Introduction: New Approaches to the Founding of the Sierra Leone Colony, 1786-1808,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Winter 2008, Vol. 9, No. 3.
  • “Corporations and the Coalescence of an Elite Class in Philadelphia,” in Billy G. Smith and Simon Middleton, eds., Class Matters: Early North America and the Atlantic World, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, 123-137.
  •  “Review Essay: Freedom Given or Freedom Taken?  Britain, the American Revolution, and the Black Loyalists,” Itinerario; Winter 2006, Vol. 30, No. 2, 129-133.
  •  “Pennsylvania: Mobilization,” in Harold Selesky, ed. Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, 2nd ed.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2006, 889-895.
  • “Thinking About Elites in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Winter 2005), 547-555.
  • “The American Revolution Had a Minimal Effect on the British Empire,” in Keith Krawczynski, ed,. History in Dispute: The American Revolution, New York: St. James Press, 2003, 168-172.
  • “Consolidating Power: Technology, Ideology, and Philadelphia’s Growth in the Early Republic.” Enterprise & Society December 2002, Vol. 3, No. 4, 627-633.
  • In Medias Res: One Atlantic Immigration, 1795-1796,” in James N. McCord, Jr. and Andrew M. Schocket, eds.  Moving On: European, Atlantic and American Migration in the Age of Expansion and Settlement, 15th-20th Centuries.  Student Papers from the EU/USA Intensive Conference/Workshop.  Williamsburg: College of William & Mary, 1995, 28-34.


Digital Humanities

  • Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD) http://repository.upenn.edu/mead/.  Project coordinator of effort to preserve, catalog, and make publicly available datasets generated by early Americanists, in cooperation with Billy W. Smith (Montana State University) and the McNeil Center of Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania), ongoing.
  • “Embracing ephemerality in the digital humanities,” Feb. 2, 2016, at History, Class featured at Digital Humanities Now, Feb. 4, 2016 , http://digitalhumanitiesnow.org/2016/02/editors-choice-embracing-ephemerality-in-the-digital-humanities/>; in dh+lib review, Feb. 11, 2016 http://acrl.ala.org/dh/2016/02/11/post-embracing-ephemerality-in-the-digital-humanities/; and in ACI: Scholarly Blog Index http://scholar.aci.info/view/15061715a23000d0004/152aed73b5800014c23> .
  • Project Manager, The Scholar’s Dashboard: 2012-2014, Creating a Multidisciplinary Tool Via “Design and Build” Workshops, NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-up Grant

(Works in Progress)

  • Editor, Cambridge History of the American Revolution, in development.
  • “Who Counts: The Story of How the First Census Made the Nation,” book-length manuscript.
  • “Bunk History and the Standards of Historical Interpretation.” In Evidence: The Use and Misuse of Data, Vol. Accepted. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society [In press]
  • “Way Before NAFTA: North American Market Integration during the Age of Revolutions.” Amílcar Challú and Andrew M. Schocket. In Capitalism and the American Revolution, Tom Cutterham, ed. University of Pennsylvania Press. [Under review]

Invited Talks

  • “Bunk Peddlers: Alternative History and Why it Matters,” College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture, BGSU, March, 2018.
  • “Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson? American Historical Memory in the Age of Trump,” Stetson University, November, 2017.
  • Hamilton: The American Revolution Rebooted in American Culture,” Penn State University-New Kensington, April, 2017.
  • “‘The Revolution’s Happening in Manhattan’…and on a Screen Near You: The Birth of a Nation Genre,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 2016.  Andrew Schocket, Bowling Green University
  • “A Tale of Two American Revolutions? Historians and, or Historians or, the Public,” United States Intellectual History Annual Conference, October 2015.
  • “Making Solons from Outlaws and Cincinnati from Rebels: Civic Opportunity and the End of the American Revolution,” at “‘So Sudden an Alteration’: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the American Revolution,” Massachusetts Historical Society, April 2015.
  • Comments and chair, “Constructing Digital Histories: (Mis)Representations of the Past in Video Games,” Ohio Academy of History, March 2015.
  • Roundtable moderator and convener: “The Fun, Fury, Pleasure, Pain, and Process of Program Review in the 21st Century,” American Studies Association, November 2014.
  • “Scholar’s Dashboard: Functional and Technical Requirements for Digital Repositories,” Poster Session, Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, June 2014.
  • Roundtable participant, “ASA Committee on Programs and Centers: Strategies for Intra-Institutional Alliances to Ensure Program Stability,” American Studies Association Annual Conference, November 2013.
  • “Strength in Numbers?: Past and Future Intersections of Class, Early America, and Digital History,” “On the Anvil of Labor History in the Revolutionary Era: Billy G. Smith and Fellow Artisans,” November 2013.
  • “Two Cheers for Statistics!,” Celebrating the 2013 International Year of Statistics, October 2013.
  • “Scholar’s Dashboard,” National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities Project Managers Meeting, September 2012.
  • “Scholar’s Dashboard: Building Digital Tools to Answer Humanistic Questions,” Big Data Day, Bowling Green State University, September 2012.
  • Roundtable participant, “Contesting Conservative Interpretations of the Founding Fathers,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2012.
  • Roundtable participant, “The Bowling Green State University Faculty Union,” Battleground States Conference, February 2011.
  • Comments, "Disintegrating Values and Burgeoning Egos: Conservatives, Narcissists, and Neo-Nazis," Battleground States Conference, February 2011.
  •  “Learning By Doing Roundtable, ‘Policy History in the Classroom,’” 2010 Policy History Conference, June 2010.
  • Comments, "Violent Connections: Technology, Citizenship, and Capitalism," Battleground States Conference, February 2010.
  • Comments, “Revolutionary Repercussions in the Atlantic World,” Southern Historical Association Annual Conference, November 2009.
  • “A Nation Born in Blood: Violence, Trauma, and the American Revolution,” British Group in Early American Studies, September 2008.
  • Comment, “Black Soldiers in the Revolutionary Era,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, February 2007.
  • “Boston King, Sierra Leone, and the British Empire,” African Studies Association, November 2006.
  • “From African-American to American-African: Boston King’s Atlantic Migration,” Diasporas, Migration and Identities: British Group in Early American Studies, September 2005.
  • “‘Many Great Deliverance’s’: Boston King’s Atlantic Revolution,” American Historical Association, January 2005.
  • “Thinking About Elites in the Early Republic,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 2004.
  • “United States, Inc.: Corporations and the Formation of an Atlantic World Elite Class,” Class & Class Struggles in North America & the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, September 2003.
  • “Philadelphia, Inc.: Corporations and the Formation of an Atlantic World Elite Class,” Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, June 2003.
  • “A Nexus of Power: Corporations and Technology in Early Republic Philadelphia,” Policy History Colloquium, Bowling Green State University, March 2003.
  • “Sibling Rivals: Competition and Cooperation Among Business Corporations in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Business History Conference, April 2002.
  • “Consolidating Power: Technology, Ideology, and Philadelphia’s Growth in the Early Republic,” Dissertation session, Business History Conference, April 2002.
  • “Shifting Visions and the Rhetoric of Internal Improvement in Philadelphia, 1790-1825,” Pennsylvania Historical Association, October 2001.
  • “Reaping or Sowing: Government and Big Business in Early Republican Pennsylvania,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, July 2000.
  • “The Political Economy of Corporate Charters in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Newberry Seminar on Technology, Politics, and Culture, December, 1999.
  • “Distributed Benefits: Infrastructure Technologies in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Conference, Baltimore, October 1998.
  • “In Neoclassical Economics, the Erie Canal Should End at Philadelphia: Analyzing Technological Growth in Early National America,” Philadelphia Center of Early American Studies, Works-in-Progress Series, November 1997.
  • “The First Philadelphia Waterworks as the Harbinger of Industry,” Cities and Industries of the Western World from the 15th Century to the 19th Century, EU/USA Intensive Workshop/Conference, Ghent, Belgium, March 1995.
  • “The Individual Experience: Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Atlantic Immigration, 1795-1796,” EU/USA Intensive Workshop/Conference, Williamsburg, VA and Chapel Hill, NC, February 1995.

Courses Taught

  • ACS 7450 - Publication and Professionalization
  • ACS/HIST 7400 - Genealogy of American Culture
  • ACS 6760 - Memory in American Culture
  • ACS 400/ETHN 480 - American Jewish Culture
  • ACS3000/HIST3910 - Reacting to the American Past
  • ACS6820 - Introduction to the Digital Humanities
  • HIST 7200 - Foundations of U.S. Policy
  • HIST 7000 - Ohio Policy History
  • HIST 6940 - Historical Research Methodology
  • HIST 6210 - Topics in Early American History
  • HIST 4220/5220 - The American Revolution
  • HIST 4210/5210 - Colonial America
  • HIST 4140/5140 - History of Canada
  • HIST 4000/5820 - The Atlantic World, 1500-1800
  • HIST 3150 - Slavery in the Americas
  • HIST 2050 - Early America
  • HNRS 2010 - Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • 2011 - Participant, NEH Summer Seminar, “The Early American Republic and the Problem of Governance”
  • 2008 - Ohio Academy of History Outstanding Publication Award for Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia
  • 2007-2008 - Scholar in Residence, Institute for the Study of Culture & Society,    Bowling Green State University
  • 2002-2003 - Short-term Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia
  • 2001-2002 - Trent R. Dames Civil Engineering History Fellowship, Huntington Library
  • 1996-1997 - Sons of Cincinnati Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1996-1997 - Research Fellow, Philadelphia Center of Early American Studies
  • 2012 - Co-applicant, Coverdell/Peace Corps Fellows Program Application, American Culture Studies representative for BGSU institutional application
  • 2002-2003 - Canadian Studies Special Grant, International Council for Canadian Studies
  • 1999 - Grant-in-Aid, Center for Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library   
  • 1998 - Travel Grant, Society for the History of Technology
  • 1998-1999 - Research Grant, College of William and Mary
  • 1997-1998 - Research Grant, College of William and Mary
  • 1997 - Summer Research Grant, College of William and Mary

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