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Dr. Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins
Dr. Patrick MullinsMarquette University

Sensenbrenner Hall, 203D

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5300

Assistant Professor


Dr. Patrick Mullins is an American cultural and intellectual historian, with research interests in the relation of religion to political thought and the art and politics of memory. His research specialization is the American Revolution and its colonial and imperial origins. He serves Marquette University as Public History Director and History Internship Coordinator. Volunteering as exhibit research director, Dr. Mullins is helping to create the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum in Waukegan, Illinois.

His first book, Father of Liberty: Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution (University Press of Kansas, 2017), is the first in-depth examination of the political thought and activism of Boston Congregational clergyman Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766). It provides a case-study in the dissemination of Whig “revolution principles” by Congregational clergy and therefore the role of Protestantism and the Enlightenment in the intellectual origins of the American Revolution. His essay, “The Sermon That Didn’t Start the Revolution: Jonathan Mayhew’s Role in the Boston Stamp Act Riots,” considers the limits of elite political thought in shaping the political acts of ordinary people. He has other articles that are published or forthcoming.

Current Scholarship: Dr. Mullins’s second monograph is tentatively entitled Remembering Regicide: Public Memory and the Cultural Origins of the American Revolution. He is investigating eighteenth-century Americans’ commemoration of seventeenth-century England’s civil war, regicide, and republic, the cultural forms through which they interpreted this history, and the reasons why Americans were so bitterly divided over why and how to remember England’s republican past. He is also working toward a collection of essays on the formation of American national identity through the interrelation of object, place, and image within American cultural memory, addressing figures that range from Charles Willson Peale and Mercy Otis Warren to Andrew Wyeth and Ray Bradbury. 


Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2005

Courses Taught

HIST 6500 Atlantic World Wars and Memory

HIST 4100/5100 Public History

HIST 4101/5101 Applied History

HIST 1601 Liberty and Power in Early America

Professional Interests

American intellectual and cultural history

Early America in the Atlantic World

political and religious thought

cultural memory


American cultural and intellectual history

Colonial and Revolutionary America in the Atlantic World

Cultural memory

Public history

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Department of History
Sensenbrenner Hall, 202A
1103 W. Wisconsin Avenue 
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7217

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