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James Mitchell

Research Historian

James Mitchell History AssociatesJames conducts historical, museum, and litigation research. Prior to joining History Associates, he interned in the Office of the Historian of the United States House of Representatives and the Maryland General Assembly. He also held the Frederick Douglass Student Fellowship at the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. During this fellowship, James completed research on the history of affirmative action in American higher education. He was also a student fellow of the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Culture and a member of the S. Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows.

Recently, James earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago. His master’s thesis, entitled, “Navigating Democracy: The Catholic World, Protestant America, and Religious Politics in Late Nineteenth Century America,” explored the challenges of religious pluralism and the ways in which Catholic intellectuals approached political theory. Before attending the University of Chicago, James graduated summa cum laude from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. His senior thesis, “Restoring or Destroying Religion?: The Changing Understanding of Religious Freedom,” was awarded the American Studies Program Award and the Richard Holstein Prize for Ethics. He was also named a finalist for the Sophie Kerr Literary Prize. James is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an associate of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.


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