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Michael Lee

Biographical Information

Michael Lee


  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN Ph.D. History, 2009, Comprehensive Exam Fields: U.S. Intellectual History, European Intellectual History, American History before the Civil War, U.S. History after the Civil War Dissertation: “American Revelations: Biblical Interpretation and Criticism in America, circa 1700-1860” Advisor: James Turner
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, M.A. Church History, 2000 Thesis: “James McCosh, the Positive Knowledge of God, and the Erosion of Christianity in the Nineteenth Century” Advisor: Garth Rosell
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT, B.A. History, 1995, Senior Essay: “Spirituality and the Sublime during the Romantic Era: An Examination of Thomas Carlyle and Friedrich Schleiermacher” Advisor: Mark Micale


  • Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2013 Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2012 Eastern University Faculty Development Grant. 2011
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Fellowship. 2005. A competitive grant to support research in the Princeton University Archives.
  • Zahm Travel Grant, University of Notre Dame, 2005. A competitive, university-wide grant. Support for archival research in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, the Yale University Archives, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and the American Antiquarian Society.
  • Minority Summer Fellowship. Summer, 2001. A competitive, university-wide fellowship to fund a summer of study at the University of Notre Dame.
  • DeWitt-Wallace Minority Fellowship. 1995-1997. A competitive fellowship to fund two years of teaching at a private boarding school. Funded my position as European and American history teacher at the Concord Academy, Concord, MA.​

Awards & Honors

  • The Philip Gleason Prize. 2009. Awarded biennially by the history department of the University of Notre Dame for the best historical article by a graduate student published in a refereed journal. Awarded for “Higher Criticism and Higher Education at the University of Chicago.”​
  • Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning “Striving for Excellence” Certificate. 2007. Certification awarded for attending a series of workshops designed to improve pedagogical skills in higher education.


Journal Articles


  • “Religious Toleration and its Limits at Harvard, 1755-1800: Constructing an American Religion.” Christian Formation for Civic Participation: The Role of Religion in Anglo-American Educational Institutions from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century. American Society of Church History Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. April 6, 2013.
  • “Narratives of Deism in Early America.” Religion and Secularization in the Nineteenth Century. Society of U.S. Intellectual History Conference. New York, NY. November 18, 2011.
  • “Joseph Stevens Buckminster and the Beginning of the End of the Textus Receptus in the United States.” The King James Bible and the Word It Made, 1611-2011. Baylor University. Waco, TX. April 8, 2011.
  • “The Qur’an, Natural Religion, and the Bible: The Uses of the Qur’an in Anti-Deist Rhetoric in Early America.” (Re)Interpreting the Bible in Early American Culture. Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. 10 April 2010.
  • “The Caribbean and North American Slavery.” The Caribbean in the Classroom: Intersections of Caribbean and Early American Studies. Society of Early Americanists 6th Biennial Conference. Hamilton, Bermuda. 5 March 2009.
  • “The Impact of Spinoza on American Theology: The Ironic Case of Andrews Norton.” Spinozism in Transatlantic Perspective. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 37th Annual Meeting. Montreal, Canada. 31 March 2006.
  • “Deism and Scottish Common Sense Philosophy in 18th Century Princeton.” Friends of the Princeton University Library. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. 19 July 2005.
  • “The Interdisciplinary Mind of Andrews Norton: History and Theology in Discussion in Antebellum America.” Literature and History. Boundaries of Literature. Baylor University, Waco, TX. 1 April 2005.
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