Jason M. Opal
Jason M. Opal is Professor of History in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He is broadly interested in early America, the American Revolution and early United States, and the history of capitalism, slavery, colonialism, and infectious diseases. His work tries to integrate social, cultural, and intellectual history and to shed light on such broad topics as nationalism, capitalism, and democracy. He is author of Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England (2008) and Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation (2017), which centers on the problem of vengeance—extra-legal violence and punishment—and a man who built his life around its pursuit.