Robert Churchill

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Professor of History


Hillyer College
860.768.5133 Hillyer Hall 320

PhD in History, Rutgers University

Masters in Teaching (Secondary Social Studies), Brown University

BA in History, Brown University

Robert Churchill is an associate professor of history. He teaches Global History I, U.S. History I, and John Brown's Body: Political Violence in American History.

"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," says Churchill of teaching in Hillyer College.

Churchill's research interests include:

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

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.