John D. Saillant

John D. Saillant

John D. Saillant
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Dr. John D. Saillant

Professor, English and History
Early American and African American Studies; American Religion

Mailing address

Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331

Office: (269) 387-2621


918 Sprau


Ph.D., American Civilization, Brown University, 1989


John Saillant received his A.B., A.M., and doctoral degrees in American Civilization from Brown University. He is the author of a monograph (Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes) and essays in scholarly journals, the editor of one collection of documents and of one collection of scholarly essays, and the co-author of a textbook. He was one of the founding moderators of H-NET and since 1994 he has been moderator of H-OIEAHC, the electronic association of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Most recently, he served several years as one of the editors of the African American National Biography, which appeared in early 2008. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and several other organizations. He has worked with several colleagues in a U.S. Department of Education project, Teaching American History, in which he has led discussion among middle-school teachers of the American Revolution and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. At WMU, he teaches in the English, History, and Comparative Religion Departments: Early American Literature, African American Literature, Colonial American History, The New Nation, American Religion, and occasional special-topic courses.


Department of English
6th floor Sprau Tower
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
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