Robert Churchill
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Robert Churchill


The most rewarding part of teaching Hillyer students is pushing them to achieve on a completely different level than they have hitherto, and watching them gain confidence in the process.


  • HSB 155: Global History I
  • HSB 135: U.S. History I
  • HSB 225: John Brown's Body: Political Violence in American History

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., History, Rutgers University
  • Masters in Teaching (M.A.T), Secondary Social Studies, Brown University
  • B.A., History, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Early American History
  • The American Revolution
  • History of Political Violence

Selected Publications 

  • To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant’s Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement. (University of Michigan Press, 2009)  
  • “Fugitive Slave Rescues in the North: Toward a Geography of Antislavery Violence,” Ohio Valley History 14 (Summer 2014): 51-75.     
  • “Gun Regulation, the Police Power, and the Right to Keep Arms in Early America: The Legal Context of the Second Amendment,” Law and History Review, 25 (Spring, 2007): 139-175. 
  • “Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends,” Law and History Review, 25 (Spring, 2007): 205-215. “Gun Ownership in Early America: A Survey of Manuscript Militia Returns,” William and Mary Quarterly, 60 (July, 2003): 615-642. 
  • “Popular Nullification, Fries’ Rebellion, and the Waning of Radical Republicanism, 1798-1801,” Pennsylvania History, 67 (Winter, 2000): 105-140. 
  • “Liberty, Conscription, and a Party Divided: The Sons of Liberty Conspiracy, 1863‑64,” Prologue Quarterly, 30 (Winter, 1998): 294-303.