Goode, Michael
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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


Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
M.A., History, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006
B.A., Goshen College, 1996


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.

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 advances a novel conceptualization of peace as a process of “right ordering” that involved the careful regulation of violence, the legitimation of colonial authority, and the creation of racial and gendered hierarchies. Pennsylvania Quakers, like other Anglo-Americans, viewed household governance as a metaphor for the state. As Quakers colonized Pennsylvania, their distinctive method of religious discipline, which they called “gospel order,” became the primary means by which they negotiated their complicity in slavery, colonialism, and imperial warfare. Peace was central to how colonial Pennsylvanians, indigenous peoples, and people of African descent negotiated violence and the colonization of the mid-Atlantic frontier. My research reveals how Native Americans and enslaved African-Americans played a critical role in pushing Friends toward humanitarianism, redefining what peace meant for all in the process. 

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

Specter of Peace highlights the many paths of peacemaking that otherwise have gone unexplored in early American and Atlantic World scholarship and challenges historians to take peace as seriously as violence. The volume originated as a national conference that I co-organized in 2015 with John Smolenski (Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis). Our contention is 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. Dr. Wayne Lee, professor of history and chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, contributed a foreword.  


American History to 1865 (survey)
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)

(With John Smolenski, University of California, Davis), The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic (Brill, forthcoming)


“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, forthcoming), 1-29

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

"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

"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,