Johann Neem

Johann Neem

Senior Fellow

Johann Neem is Professor of History at Western Washington University. He received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia and his AB from Brown University. His book, Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (Harvard, 2008), examines, at a time when many Americans remain worried about “bowling alone,” why and how Americans learned to come together in the first place. Neem writes about democracy in the early American republic, and has also been a participant in the conversation about higher education in America. His work has appeared in The Hedgehog Review, History and Theory, Inside Higher Education, the Journal of the Early Republic, and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History.

Neem is working on a book about the origins and purposes of American public education between the Revolution and the Civil War, looking in particular in the ways in which education helped cultivate the idea of self-making.

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