Louise Breen

Associate Professor and Chair

Office: 207 Eisenhower Hall
Email:breen@k-state.edu
Phone: (785) 532-6730

I teach a variety of courses on early America, including Colonial America, American Revolution, and the Early Republic. Currently I am writing a book on the English puritan minister and Cromwellian partisan John Oxenbridge, whose career spanned the Atlantic world. Oxenbridge's experiences shed light on the transatlantic community of puritan "saints" during the English civil wars, and the diverse responses to the calamitous (for puritans) Restoration of Stuart monarchy.

Select Publications

Converging Worlds: Communitites and Cultures in Colonial America (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Consulting Editor and author of the "Introduction" for "Religion" section, Donald Hall et. al., eds. Encyclopedia of New England Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005).

Transgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite, 1630-92 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

"Praying With the Enemy: Daniel Gookin and the Dangers of Intercultural Mediatorship," in Empire and Others: British Encounters With Indigenous Peoples, 1600-1850, ed. Martin Daunton and E.B. Halpern (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), 101-22.

"Religious Radicalism in the Puritan Officer Corps: Antinomianism, the Artillery Company, and Cultural Integration in Seventeenth-Century Boston," New England Quarterly 68 (March, 1995): 3-43.

"Cotton Mather, the 'Angelical Ministry,' and Inoculation," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 46 (July, 1991): 333-357.

Courses Taught
  • Colonial America
  • American Revolution
  • Early Republic
  • Advanced Seminar
  • U.S. to 1877
  • Colonial/Revolutionary America at the graduate level