Faculty Directory

Aaron Spencer Fogleman

Presidential Research Professor

Fields of Study: Early America; Atlantic World, 1492-1867

E-mail: aaronfogleman@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6824
Office: Zulauf 613

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1991

Current Research:  My research focuses on migration, religious conflict, gender, and the impact of revolution on early American society, as well as on that of the Atlantic World. Having just finished a book called Two Troubled Souls about an adventuresome married couple traveling in Europe, the Caribbean, and North America during the 18th century, I am now beginning a book about revolution, emancipation, and migration in the Atlantic World during the Age of Revolution (ca. 1776-1830).  The new study will address questions about the impact of revolution on migration and slavery throughout the Atlantic region during this transformative era.

Major/Recent Publications:


  • Two Troubled Souls: An Eighteenth-Century Couple’s Spiritual Journey in the Atlantic World.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.
  • Jesus Is Female: Moravians and the Challenge of Radical Religion in Early America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
  • Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.


  • “The Transformation of the Atlantic World, 1776-1867," Atlantic Studies, 6:1, April 2009, 5-28.
  • “Jesus Is Female: The Moravian Challenge in the German Communities of British North America,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 60, April 2003, 295-332.
  • “Native Americans, Pietists, and Colonial North American History: A Review Article,” Pietismus und Neuzeit, 27, 2001, 277-296.
  • “Shadow Boxing in Georgia: The Beginnings of the Moravian-Lutheran Conflict in British North America,” The Georgia Historical Quarterly, 83, 1999, 629-659.
  • “From Slaves, Convicts, and Servants to Free Passengers: The Transformation of Immigration in the Era of the American Revolution,” The Journal of American History, 85, 1998, 43-76.

Teaching Interests: I teach courses in two areas.  The first is early America, which includes the study of Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans primarily in eastern North America from early colonization until the early 19th century.  Of special interest here is identifying the kind of colonial society that developed up to the mid-18th century and then the nature of change that occurred thereafter as a result of the American Revolution.  The second area is the Atlantic World, 1492-1867, which addresses the rise, nature, and transformation of the world made by contacts among Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans on the four continents and the Atlantic Ocean during this period.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 260 American History to 1865
  • HIST 261 U.S. since 1865
  • HIST 295 Historical Methods 
  • HIST 459/559 The Atlantic World, 1492-1867
  • HIST 460/560 Colonial America
  • HIST 461/561 The American Revolution
  • HIST 495 Senior Thesis
  • HIST 690 Reading Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World, 1492-1867
  • HIST 790 Research Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World, 1492-1867

Interdisciplinary Affiliations:
Affiliate, Women’s Studies Program

Link to Atlantic World Discussion Group page.