Goode, Michael
Clarke Building (CB) 303T
Mail Code:
Last Updated: 2/7/19 -

Michael Goode

Assistant Professor, Early American History

Department of History and Political Science 
Utah Valley University
800 W. University Parkway, MS #185
Orem, Utah 84058


I joined the Department of History and Political Science in 2013. My research and teaching interests focus on early American and Atlantic world history, religion and political culture, settler-Indian encounters, slavery and abolition, and peace history. I obtained my Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My graduate training was in the Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires program. I was also a Friends of the MCEAS dissertation fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2010-11. 

You can find my personal academic site HERE

Recent Projects

“A Colonizing Peace: The Quaker Struggle for Gospel Order in Early America” (book manuscript in progress)

My book project traces the intersection of Quaker and indigenous peacemaking in colonial Pennsylvania and advances a new conceptualization of peace as a process of "right ordering" that shaped how Euro-Americans, Native Americans, and people of African descent negotiated violence and ordered their families and households. Histories of peacemaking, I argue, are the key to understanding imperial governance and the origins of Anglo-American humanitarianism. 

The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic, eds. Michael Goode and John Smolenski (Brill, 2018) 

Specter of Peace contends that historians underappreciate the importance of peace to understanding how colonial Americans confronted violence as a moral problem; how ideologies of peace informed popular and political debates about violence, warfare, and colonialism; and how peace was woven through the myriad interactions between and among settlers, Native Americans, and people of African descent. The volume originated as a national conference that I co-organized in 2015 with John Smolenski.


American History to 1865 (survey)
Peoples of the Atlantic World
Colonial Seaports in the Revolutionary Atlantic
History of Native America (to 1865)
Religious Toleration and Diversity in America
Historian's Craft (methods)
Colonial Origins to 1790
American Revolution 
Peace and Violence in America                                                                                                  

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 2015
Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship, Utah Valley University, 2015
Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library, Chicago, 2012-13
Graduate-Scholar-in-Residence, Newberry Library, Chicago,  2011-12
Dean's Scholar Award, UIC, 2011-12
Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-11
Library Company and Historical Society of Pennsylvania Residential Fellowship, Philadelphia, 2009



A Colonizing Peace: The Quaker Struggle for Gospel Order in Early America­­ (manuscript in progress)

The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic (Brill, 2018) [co-edited with John Smolenski]


“Rancontyn Marenit”: Lenape Peacemaking Before William Penn,” in The Worlds of William Penn, eds. Andrew Murphy and John Smolenki (Rutgers University Press, 2019), 217-31

“Introduction: The Relevance of Peace in Early American History,” in The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence, eds. Michael Goode and John Smolenski (Brill, 2018), 1-29

"Dangerous Spirits: Alcohol, Native Revivalism, and Quaker Reform," Early American Studies 14 (Spring 2016): 258-83

"A Failed Peace: The Friendly Association and the Pennsylvania Backcountry during the Seven Years' War," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (October 2012): 472-4

Review, "Brycchan Carey, From Peace to Freedom: Quaker Rhetoric and the Birth of American Antislavery, 1657-1761," Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 82 (Spring 2015): 199-202

"Pontiac's War and the Paxton Boys," Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

"Native American-Pennsylvania Relations, 1681-1753," Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia