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Dr. Johnathan O’Neill

Professor of History (2005).
B.A., Colgate University, 1991; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1994, 2000.

Teaching and Research Interests: American Constitutional and Legal History; American Political Thought

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 3133 U.S. Constitutional History
  • HIST 5231 Legal History of the U.S.


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #3013, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel: 912-478-0752
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications:

  • Conservative Thought and American Constitutionalism since the New Deal (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2023)
  • Originalism in American Law and Politics: A Constitutional History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005)
  • “Constitutional Conservatism during the Progressive Era: The National Association for Constitutional Government and Constitutional Review,Toward an American Conservatism: The Birth of Constitutional Conservatism during the Progressive Era. Ed. with Joseph Postell. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • “Constitutional Conservatism and American Conservatism” in Sanford V. Levinson, Joel Parker, and Melissa S. Williams, ed., NOMOS: American Conservatism (New York: New York University Press, 2016), 292-335. (Yearbook of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy)
  • “William Howard Taft and the Constitutionalist Presidency in the Progressive Era,” in Bradley C.S. Watson, ed., Progressive Challenges to the Constitution: A New Republic (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017), 196-225.
  • “The South and American Constitutionalism after the Civil War,” in Alan Levine, James R. Stoner, and Thomas Merrill, ed., The Political Thought of the Civil War (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2018), 377-405.
  • American Conservatism, 1900-1930: A Reader (edited, with Joseph Postell) (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2019).
  • “Daniel Webster: The Statesman as Constitutional Conservative,” in American Statesmanship: Principles and Practice of Leadership, ed. Joseph R. Fornieri, Kenneth L. Deutsch, and Sean D. Sutton (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2021), 217-43.

Current Research:

  • Moderation, Deliberation, and Compromise in the American Constitutional Tradition (current book project)

Last updated: 12/14/2023