Department of History


David Houpt, Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.A., George Mason University
  • B.A.,  The George Washington University

Academic Interests

My research and teaching interests include Revolutionary America, Colonial America, the early American Republic, the Enlightenment, the Atlantic world, political culture and historical memory. My current book project uses an analysis of evolving forms of political mobilization in Pennsylvania to explore the struggle to define the nature of self-government in Revolutionary America. By reconceptualizing the late eighteenth-century as a transition between two “deliberative regimes,” the book seeks to provide a new framework for understanding how the boundaries of American democracy formed.  I have also begun research for my next project which will focus on violence in the South in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries.

Courses Taught

  • HST 105: United States to 1865
  • HST 333: Protests and Dissent in American History
  • HST 353: American Revolution and Formation of the United States
  • HST 444/526: Freedom in the Age of Revolution

Significant Publications

  • “To organize the sovereign people”: Democracy and Political Mobilization in Revolutionary Pennsylvania (in-progress).
  • “John Adams and the Elections of 1796 and 1800” in A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams, David Waldstreicher, ed. (Oxford and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), pp. 142-165.
  • “Contested Election Laws: Representation, Elections, and Party Building in Pennsylvania, 1788-1794,” Pennsylvania History, 79:3 (Summer 2012), pp. 257-283.
  • “Securing a Legacy: The Publication of James Madison’s Notes from the Constitutional Convention,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 118:1 (2010), pp. 4-39.