Dr. Jason Duncan, Professor of History

Jason Duncan

Jason Duncan, Ph.D.
Chair of History Department

Professor of History
Phone: (616) 632-2837
E-mail: duncajas@aquinas.edu

Educational Background
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1999
M.A., University of Iowa, 1992
M.A., Georgetown University, 1987
B.A., St. Lawrence University, 1985


Dr. Duncan's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Spring 2015 Courses
HY102: American History since 1877
HY311: American Catholic History
HY317: Vietnam War
About Jason Duncan

A native of Albany, New York, Dr. Duncan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1999. He joined the Aquinas Faculty in 2002, and in 2005, Fordham University Press published his first book, "Citizens or Papists? The Politics of Anti-Catholicism in New York, 1685-1821." He has won awards at Aquinas for his teaching and service to the college, and became chair of the History Department in the summer of 2008. Before entering academics, he worked in politics for several years, including as a legislative assistant to a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Dr. Duncan's new book, "John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism," will be published by Routledge October 2013.

Recent Scholarly Activity
Select Research Publications

Martin Van Buren, The Catholic Question in American Politics, and The Democratic Party (in process).

John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism (New York: Routledge University Press, 2014).

Citizens or Papists?: The Politics of Anti-Catholicism in New York, 1685-1821,  New York: Fordham University Press, 2005.

Select Articles and Published Papers
"John F. Kennedy and the Irish Catholic Political Tradition," The Forum 12, no. 1, article 8 (2014).

“The Great Chain of National Union: Catholics and the Republican Triumph,” Working Papers Series/Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism (University of Notre Dame, 2002).

Select Opinion Essays

“What Does Russia’s Resurgence Mean for the United States?” Grand Rapids Press/MLive May 12, 2014

"What JFK Still Teaches Us" DetroitNews.com November 22, 2013
Select Poplar Articles
“A New Leader for a New Generation” in Kennedy: His Life and Legacy (I-5 Publishing, Fall 2013).
Select Book Reviews

Review of Papist Devils: Catholics in British America, 1574-1783 in The Catholic Historical Review (forthcoming).

Review of George F. Will, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred in Middle West Review 1, no. 1 (September 2014).

Review of Katie Oxx, The Nativist Movement in America: Religious Conflict in the Nineteenth Century in American Catholic Studies (Winter 2013).
Select Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

“Reading John F. Kennedy’s Cold War: The Books that Shaped JFK’s Foreign Policy”  Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, October 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.

“John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism:” A Conversation with Gleaves Whitney, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 2014.

"John F. Kennedy: The Spirit of Cold War Liberalism," Hauenstien Center for Presidential Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 2013.

 “Postcolonial New York, a Catholic Minority and Emerging Jurisprudence,” Panel at Religious Freedom in America, 1813-2013: Bicentennial Reflections on People v. Phillips, New York University, New York, New York, April 2013.

"Rethinking Kennedy 50 Years After Dallas: JFK and the Irish Catholic Political Tradition" Symposium on Religion and Politics, Paul Henry Institute, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2013.

"Catholics and Their Unknown American Revolution," American Catholic Historical Association, Princeton, New Jersey, March 2010.

Academic Fellowships

Visiting Scholar, Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Mecosta, Michigan, Fall 2014

Seminar on The Creation of the Modern American City, Newberry Library, Sponsored by the Council of Independent College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, June 2014.

Visiting Scholar, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 2013
Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts - "Teaching Peace and Reconciliation" Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland" County Antrim, Northern Ireland, July 2012