15 and 16th Centuries
Title/s: Associate Professor
Specialty Area: Early American and Atlantic World
Office #: 546 Crown Center
John Donoghue (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006; B.A. Westminster College, 1993) is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on colonial America, the United States, and history of the Atlantic world.
Donoghue’s research focuses on the impact of radical politics, abolitionist thought, and religion in the seventeenth-century Anglo-American Atlantic world. In “Fire Under the Ashes:” An Atlantic History of the English Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2013), Donoghue traces the rise of abolitionist thought and action by following the lives of republican radicals around the Atlantic world during the age of the English Revolution. In Building the Atlantic Empires: Slavery, the State, and the Rise of Global Capitalism, 1500-1945 (Brill, 2014), co-edited with Evelyn Jennings, Donoghue explores how states secured their imperial interests by mobilizing various forms of unfree labor for military conquest, infrastructural development, and plantation work. His influential article “‘Out of the Land of Bondage’: The English Revolution and the Atlantic Origins of Abolition,” American Historical Review (2010) argues that multiple forms of bodily enslavement in the seventeenth-century formed a central component of England's nascent political economy of empire; he contends that transatlantic radicals sought to abolish these various forms of enslavement as part of a wider, republican program to deliver England and its colonial dominions from what they called the "slavery" of political tyranny.
Donoghue has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Michael Kraus Research Grant from the American Historical Association (2003), a Visiting Fellowship from Trinity College at the University of Dublin (2011), a Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual research grant (2011), the Mary C. Mooney Research Fellowship from the Boston Athenaeum (2003), and grants from the International Seminar for Atlantic History at Harvard University. Donoghue’s article “Radical Republicanism, Unfree Labor, and Imperialism in the Atlantic World, 1630-1661,” was the recipient of the bi-annual prize for Best Article by the journal Labor: Studies in Working-Class Histories of the Americas in 2004. As a member of Historians Against Slavery, Donoghue works with other slavery scholars to end modern bondage by educating the public about its connections to historical slavery.
Atlantic history of the English Revolution, republicanism, slaveries in the early modern and twenty-first century global economies, the origins of abolitionism in the British Empire, piracy, and American exceptionalism
HIST 300: Pirates & Sailors of the Revolutionary Atlantic
HIST 410 Atlantic World
Building the Atlantic Empires: Slavery, the State, and the Rise of Global Capitalism, 1500-1945, ed. with Evelyn Jennings (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2014).
“Fire Under the Ashes:” An Atlantic History of the English Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
“Out of the Land of Bondage”: The English Revolution and the Atlantic Origins of Abolition,” The American Historical Review, vol. 115, no. 4 (October 2010), 943-974.