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Tom Coens

Research Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Coens joined the Papers of Andrew Jackson and the History Department in 2004. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Awarded a Mellon Fellowship in 1998, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2004, writing a dissertation entitled “The Formation of the Jackson Party, 1822-1825.”

Dr. Coens is broadly interested in American political, intellectual and social history from the Revolution through the Civil War. His essay “The Jackson Political Party: A Force for Democratization?” appeared in A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He is currently writing a short history of Andrew Jackson and Indian Removal, to be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


Education

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2004

B.A., Yale College, 1996


Selected Publications

  • Associate Editor, The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 10 (1832) (University of Tennessee Press, 2016).
  • Review of The Papers of Joseph Smith, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839, Dean C. Jessee et al., eds., BYU Studies 48:3 (2009), 148-151.
  • Review of Robert P. Forbes, The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 106 (Fall 2008), 707-710.

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