Matthew Rainbow Hale

Assistant Professor, History

Van Meter 132


B.A. , Middlebury College, 1993

Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2002

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Early American History, Atlantic Revolutions, Print Culture

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

The French Revolution and the Forging of American Democracy (forthcoming, University of Virginia Press).

"American Hercules: Militant Sovereignty and Violence in the Democratic-Republican Imagination, 1793-1795," Making Democracy: Violence and Politics in the American Founding (forthcoming, University of Virginia Press).

"On Their Tiptoes:  Political Time and Newspapers during the Advent of the Radicalized French Revolution, circa 1792-1793," Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 29, 191-218, Summer 2009.

Funded Research

Marc Friedlaender Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies Gilder Lehrman Junior Research Fellowship

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship for Summer Research at the New American Antiquarian Society Legacy Fellowship

Virginia Historical Society Mellon Research Fellowship

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library Research Fellowship


Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Ralph D. Gray Prize for the Best Article in Vol. 29 (2009) of the Journal of the Early Republic 

 "Outstanding Goucher Man" Award

New England Historical Association Prize for the Best Paper Presented by a Graduate Student at the Annual Spring and Fall Conferences