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. My current book project, A Colonizing Peace: The Quaker Struggle for Gospel Order in Early America, examines 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. I argue that peace was critical to how colonial Pennsylvanians, indigenous peoples, and people of African descent negotiated the colonization of the mid-Atlantic frontier. 

Area of Specialization

Early American and Atlantic world history, religion and political culture, colonial violence, settler-Indian encounters, slavery and abolition, peace history

You can find my personal academic site HERE

In August 2015, I co-organized the Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence at the Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah. The conference brought together 10 scholars from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who presented their work on the entangled relationship between peace and violence in the colonial Americas. I am currently co-editing a volume of essays based on the conference. 


American History to 1865 (survey)

Colonial Seaports in the Revolutionary Atlantic

History of Native America (to 1865)

Religious Toleration and Diversity in America

Violence and Colonialism (undergraduate research seminar)

Historian's Craft (methods)

Colonial Origins to 1790

American Revolution                                                                                                    

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

Book Projects

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 in Histories of Violence (forthcoming, Brill)

Articles in Progress

“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), 1-24

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

Recent Publications

"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,