Mark A. Peterson

Professor
Office Hours: 
Monday 11-12 & Wednesday 1-2
2309 Dwinelle Hall
(510) 642-1808
Education: 

Ph.D., Harvard University, History, June 1993
A.M., Harvard University, History, June 1985
A.B., Harvard University, History and Science (honors major), June 1983

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

American History

Profile: 

Employment History

University of California, Berkeley, Associate Professor, 2007-2011, Professor, 2011-
University of Iowa, Assistant Professor, 1997-2001, Associate Professor, 2001-07
Harvard University, Lecturer on History, 1996-97
Boston University, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1994-95
Harvard University, Lecturer on History and Literature, 1993-94, 1995-96

Honors and Awards

Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2004-
Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2003-04
Faculty Scholar Award, University of Iowa, 2002-06
Woodrow Wilson Prize, Presbyterian Historical Society, for best article on the Reformed tradition in America, 2002
Obermann Center Humanities Symposium Award, University of Iowa, 2000-2001
Stephen Botein Fellow in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society, 1999
Elected Member, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1999
Research Fellow, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, 1997-98
Elected Member, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1995
Congregational History Project Dissertation Fellow, 1989-90
CBS Bicentennial Scholar Award, Harvard University, 1986-88
Magna cum laude in History and Science, Harvard College, 1983
Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College, 1983

Grants and Fellowships

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, American Council of Learned Societies, awarded in the 2001-02 competition, with funding for a year’s research at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, for 2003-04.

Faculty Scholar Award, University of Iowa, 2002-2006, for work on Boston in the Atlantic World, 1630-1860

Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant, University of Iowa, 2001-2002, for work on "Boston and the Problem of Slavery"

Obermann Center Symposium Grant, "Fleeting Objects, Enduring Communities: New Work in the Study of Material Culture," April, 2001, co-director with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology.

College of Liberal Arts Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 2000.

Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant, University of Iowa, 1999-2000.

Stephen Botein Fellow in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, Summer, 1999.

Old Gold Summer Research Fellowship, University of Iowa, Summer 1999.

Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, Research Fellowship, 1997-98.

Congregational History Project, Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research and Writing, 1989-90.

Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, Summer Research Fellowships, 1986 and 1987.

Professional Service and Activities

NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2006-07

Program Committee Member, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

African History Search Committee, Department of History, University of Iowa, 2006-07

Principal Organizer, with Prof. Karen Kupperman, NYU, and Prof. Joseph Miller, Univ. of Virginia, of "Transformations: The Atlantic World in the Late 17th-Century," a conference hosted by the Atlantic History Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Mar. 30-Apr 1, 2006.

Editor of "Common Reading," a column that allows scholarly authors to write expansively about books--new or old--that in one way or another have influenced their thinking, appearing quarterly in Common-place.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society. 2006 --

Guest Editor, with Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia, for a special issue of Commonplace.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, on Money in America, April 2006.

Nominator for the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award, February 2006

Manuscript and Proposal Reviewer for Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Chicago Press, 2005-06

Fulbright Scholarship Review Committee, University of Iowa, October 2005

Faculty Scholar Award Review Committee, University of Iowa, October, 2005

Director, The Colonies Seminar, an interdisciplinary faculty seminar focused on the history and culture of colonial societies, bringing distinguished speakers to the campus of the University of Iowa, 2005-06

NEH Fellowship Review Committee, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, March 2005

Organizer for "Discipline and Its Discontents: T. Dwight Bozeman and the Rethinking of Transatlantic Puritanism: A Symposium," featuring visiting speakers Professor Michael Winship, University of Georgia, and Professor Francis Bremer, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, University of Iowa, Feb. 25-26, 2005

Fellowship Review Committee, American Council of Learned Societies, New York City, February, 2005, 2006, 2007

"Teaching the American Revolution in An Atlantic Context," a presentation for K-12 Teachers, sponsored by The Primary Source, a non-profit professional development organization, Boston, Massachusetts, Jan.19, 2005

Consulting Reader and Roundtable Participant for Visiting Research Fellow, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA, October 1, 2004

Summer Seminar in the History of the Book, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, June 2004

Manuscript referee for Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, 2003-

Manuscript referee for the Business History Review, 2003-

Manuscript referee for the William and Mary Quarterly, 2000-.

Consultant for historical interpretation, The Future of Boston’s Past -- edited and provided information for the scripts of the "Innovation Odyssey" tour.

Editorial board, Common-Place, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society.

Editorial board, History-Compass.com, an on-line guide to historical resources, produced by Blackwell Publishers. 2004-

Co-founder and organizer of the Material Culture Faculty Workshop, University of Iowa, 1998-2003

Director, Undergraduate Honors Program, History Department, University of Iowa, 1999-2002

Representative Publications: 

Books

The City-State of Boston: A Tragedy in Three Acts, 1630-1865 (in progress)

The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England.Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

An excerpt from The Price of Redemption was reprinted in Karen Kupperman, ed., Major Problems in American Colonial History, 2d ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000) 109-116.

Edited Books

editor, The Winthrop Papers, Volume 7, 1655-1660, a scholarly edition of primary source material to be published by the Massachusetts Historical Society. (in progress)

co-editor, with Professor David Hancock, University of Michigan, of The Collected Writings of John Hull, 1650-1685, to be published by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Proposal approved, 2005 (in progress)

Papers and Articles

"'Why They Mattered': The Return of Politics to Puritan New England," in Modern Intellectual History, vol. 10, no. 3, (November 2013).

“Stone Witnesses, Dumb Pictures, and Voices from the Grave: Monuments and Memory in Revolutionary Boston,” in Commemoration in America, ed. David Gobel and Daves Rossell, (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013), 60-86.

“The War in the Cities,” in The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution, ed. Jane Kamensky and Edward Gray, (Oxford University Press, 2012), 194-215.

“The World in a Shilling: Silver Coins and the Challenge of Political Economy in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” in Early Modern Things, ed. Paula Findlen, (New York: Routledge, 2012), 252-273.

“Indians and the National Narrative: The Trouble with Words and with Us,” in Forum: Colonial Historians and American Indians, William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 69, no. 3 (July, 2012): 531-35.

With Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, “Dancing the Republican Two-Step with Copyrights, Patents, and Corporations,” a review essay of Common as Air, by Lewis Hyde and Commonwealth, by Oscar and Mary Handlin, in Common-place.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, vol. 12., no. 1 (October, 2011): http://www.common-place.org/vol-12/no-01/reading/

“Boston à l’heure française: religion, culture et commerce à l’époque des révolutions atlantiques” (Boston’s French Moment: Religion, Culture, and Commerce in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions), Annales historiques de la Révolution française, no.363 (Jan-Mar, 2011): 7-31.

Theopolis Americana: The City-State of Boston, The Republic of Letters, and  the Protestant International, 1689-1739,” in Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1500-1825, ed. Bernard Bailyn (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009).

“The Founding Fathers and their Dysfunctional Families: The American Revolution on the Silver Screen,” in Common-place.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, vol. 10, no. 1 (October, 2009): http://www.commonplace.org/vol-10/no-01/reading/

Co-Editor, with Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Iowa: Fleeting Objects: a special issue of the Journal of Material Culture Vol. 8, no. 3 (November, 2003), Sage Publications, London.

"A Brahmin Goes Dutch: John Lothrop Motley and the Lessons of Dutch History in Nineteenth-Century Boston," to be published in Going Dutch: Holland in America, 1609-2009, ed. Benjamin Schmidt, Joyce Goodfriend, and Annette Stott (Leiden, E. J. Brill, 2007).

"Hiding in Plain Sight: Artisans and the Making of Transatlantic Modernity," review essay of The Body of the Artisan, by Pamela H. Smith, and Fortress of the Soul, by Neil Kamil, in William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 64 (January, 2007).

"Reading Puritans and the Bard: The Case for Brushing Up Your Shakespeare," in Common-place.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, vol. 7, no. 1 (October 2006): http://www.common-place.org/vol-07/no-01/reading/

"William H. Prescott’s The Conquest of Mexico," in American History through Literature, 1820-1870, ed. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert Sattlemeyer, (Detroit: Charles Scribners’ Sons, 2006), 511-516.

"Big Money Comes to Boston: The Curious History of the Pine Tree Shilling,"in Common-place.org, an on-lline journal of early American history and culture, vol. 6, no. 3, April 2006, http://www.common-place.org/vol-06/no-03/peterson/

"The Practice of Piety in Puritan New England: Contexts and Consequences," in The World of John Winthrop: Essays on England and New England, 1588-1649, ed. Francis Bremer and Lynn Botelho, (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, University of Virginia Press, 2006), 75- 110.

"Boston Pays Tribute: Autonomy and Empire in the Atlantic World, 1630-1714" in Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714: The Atlantic Connections, ed. Allan I. Macinnes and Arthur H. Williamson (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005), 311-335.

"Cities on the Margins: New Amsterdam and Boston in 1653," de Halve Maen, Journal of the Holland Society of New York, Summer 2005.

"Naming the Pacific: How Magellan’s relief came to stick, and what it stuck to," feature article in Common-place.org, an on-line journal of early American history and culture, Vol 5, no. 2, January 2005. http://www.common-place.org/vol-05/no-02/peterson/index.shtml

"Life on the Margins: Boston’s Anxieties of Influence in the Atlantic World," chapter in The Atlantic World: Perspectives on Migration, Slavery, and Imagination, ed. Wim Klooster and Fred Padula, (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2005), 45-60.

"The Selling of Joseph: Boston, Anti-Slavery, and the Protestant International, 1689-1733," Massachusetts Historical Review, vol. 4 (2002): 1-22.

"How (and Why) to Read Francis Parkman," feature article for Common- Place.org, Vol. 3, no. 1, October 2002. http://www.common-place.org/vol-03/no-01/peterson/

"The Significance of Silver," review essay of New England Silver and Silversmithing, 1620-1815, ed. Falino and Ward, and Barquist with Butler and Sarna, Myer Myers: Jewish Silversmith in Colonial New York, in William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 59 (July, 2002): 728-36.

"Puritanism and Refinement in Early New England: Reflections on Communion Silver," William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 58 (April, 2001):307-46. Winner of the Woodrow Wilson Prize, Presbyterian Historical Society, for best article on the Reformed Tradition in America, 2002.

"Siege Amnesia: The Siege of Boston and the Loss of Historical Memory," in Carlo Dottor, ed., Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities under Siege (2002), 373-79.

"From Founding Fathers to Old Boy Networks: The Declension of Perry Miller’s Puritans," Reviews in American History, 23 (1995): 13-19.

"The Plymouth Church and the Evolution of Puritan Religious Culture," New England Quarterly, 66 (1993): 570-93.

"Ordinary Preaching and the Interpretation of the Salem Witchcraft Crisis by the Boston Clergy," Essex Institute Historical Collections, 129 (1993): 84-102.

Encyclopedia Articles

Six articles in John A. Garraty, gen. ed., American National Biography 24 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999). On John Alden, Charles Chauncy, John Harvard, Ann Hibbens, Leonard Hoar, and Samuel Langdon (1:238-39, 4:752-53, 10:269-71, 10:732-33, 10:889-90, 13:139-40).

"John Winthrop," in A Companion to American Thought, ed. Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1995), 739-40.

Online Journal

Co-Editor, with Stephen Mihm, Dept. of History, University of Georgia, of "Special Issue on Money," Common-Place.org, a journal of early American history and life, co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and Florida State University, Volume 6, No. 3, April 2006.

Selected Conferences Papers and Presentations

Huntington Library/EMS USC talk, March 3, 2006

"Cutting off the Circulation: The Destruction of Phillis Wheatley’s Atlantic World, 1761-1784," paper presented at "From Colonies into Republics in the Atlantic World: North America and the Caribbean in a Revolutionary Age," University Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, Paris, France, December 7-9, 2006.

Northwestern University Atlantic History Seminar, Evanston, IL, November, 2006

Newberry Library Early American History Seminar, Chicago, IL, November, 2006

"Politics in the Republic of Letters: Knowledge and Authority in Atlantic America," paper presented at a conference on "The Atlantic World of Print in the Age of Franklin," McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 28-30, 2006

"Ideas of Order in Massachusetts: Reformation, Utopia, and Community in Early New England," paper presented at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 9-11, 2006

"Political Economy in Seventeenth-Century North America: Revisiting the Nation of New England in an Atlantic Context," paper presented at the William and Mary Quarterly/Early Modern Studies Institute Workshop, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 19-20, 2006

"Utopia and Community in Early America: Christian Humanism, Republicanism, and the Founding of New England," Invited Speaker, American Culture and Politics Speaker Series, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, April 20, 2006

"Boston’s Atlantic Empire: Political Economy in the Kingdom of New England," paper presented at the Atlantic History Seminar of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, January 17, 2006.

"What ‘Atlantic’ Does for History," paper presented at the European Studies Workshop, University of Iowa, April 28, 2005.

"A Brahmin Goes Dutch: John Lothrop Motley and the Lessons of Dutch History in 19th-Century Boston," paper presented at "Going Dutch: Holland in America, 1609-2009," University of Denver, Denver, CO, March 25-26, 2005.

"’Moneys is Your Suit,’ or, Fleshing out the Pound: Silver, Coins and Trade in the Atlantic World, 1577–1652," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America, Bermuda, March 17- 19, 2005.

"Politics in the Republic of Letters: Knowledge and Authority in Atlantic America, 1650-1750," the Martin Weiner Lecture of the Brandeis University graduate program in American History, Oct. 21 2004.

"There Are No Periods in Colonial American History, or, If We Have Never Been Modern, Then Why Should We Be Early?" paper presented at "Turning Points: Time and Place in Early American History," the annual conference of the British Group in Early American History, Norwich, England, September 3-5, 2004.

"The World in a Shilling, or, Show Me the Money: Silver Coins and the Challenges of Empire in Seventeenth Century Boston," paper presented at a conference on "Object Relations in Early America," Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, May 20-21, 2004.

"Mining and Minting, Hides and Hats: John Hull and the Instauration of Boston in the Political Economy of the Atlantic World: 1654-1683," paper presented at "The Culture of Entrepreneurship in the Atlantic World," American Antiquarian Society Seminar, Worcester, MA, May 14, 2004.

"Boston’s Atlantic World in 1704: The Journal of Jonathan Belcher," paper presented at the American Society of 18th-Century Studies Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, March 24-28, 2004.

"Cities on the Margins: Boston and New Amsterdam in 1653," invited paper presented at the annual Rensellaerswyck Seminar, New York, NY, September 20, 2003.

"Atlantic Exposures and Religious Identities," commentary on panel at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, New Orleans, LA, June 6-8, 2003.

"Stone Witnesses, Dumb Pictures, and Voices from the Grave: Monuments and Memory in Colonial Boston," paper presented at "Commemoration and the City," 3rd Savannah Symposium, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, February 20-22, 2003.

"Boston Pays Tribute: Autonomy and Empire in the Atlantic World, 1644-1714" invited paper presented at the Aberdeen University/Huntington Library symposium, "Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714," Aberdeen, Scotland, June 21-23, 2002.

"England’s Age of Revolution? A Colonial Perspective," invited paper, presented at the Eric Cochrane/History Department Colloquium, "England’s Age of Revolution," University of Chicago, November 9-10, 2001.

"Boston, the Problem of Slavery, and the Nature of the Atlantic World," paper presented at:
i. American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, January 6, 2001,
ii. Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, July 16, 2001.

"Life on the Margins: Boston’s Anxieties of Influence in the Atlantic World," paper presented at the Seminar on Atlantic History, a lecture series sponsored by the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Oct 2., 2000.

"The Selling of Joseph: Bostonians, Anti-Slavery, and the Protestant International, 1688-1733," paper presented at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, March 30, 2000.

"Boston’s ‘Dutch’ Moment: The Construction of an Atlantic Protestant International, 1690-1740," invited paper presented at:
i. "Sometimes an Art": A Symposium in Honor of Bernard Bailyn, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 13, 2000
ii. Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History, Chicago, October 22, 1998.

"The Practice of Piety in Puritan New England: Notes on Contexts and Consequences," invited paper presented at the international conference on John Winthrop’s Worlds, 1588-1649, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, September 17-18, 1999.

"Siege Amnesia: The Siege of Boston and the Loss of Historical Memory," paper contributed to the International Conference on Cities under Siege, Montalcino, Italy, July 7-10, 1999.

"Putting My Foot In It: A Sidelong Glance at the Teaching of Atlantic History" -- paper presented at the Workshop on Teaching Atlantic History, Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, Nov. 7-8, 1998.

Courses

Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2015 121A Colonial US
Spring 2015 280/285D Colonial America and the Atlantic World to 1848
Spring 2014 104 The Craft of History
Spring 2014 121B The American Revolution
Fall 2013 7A The United States from Settlement to Civil War DeLay, 7A, Fall 2012.doc