Seth Cotlar

Seth Cotlar

Seth Cotlar is a professor of history at Willamette University. His first book, Tom Paine's America: The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic (2011), won the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's James Broussard Best First Book Prize. His current book project is entitled "When the Olden Days Were New: The Cultural History of Nostalgia in Modernizing America, 1776–1860."

Twitter: @sethcotlar.


  • What the Nostalgic Subject Knows: Nostalgia, the Nineteenth-Century Archive, and the Melancholy History of Antebellum America
  • Thomas Paine and the Problem of Democracy in the Early American Republic
  • Placing Donald Trump in the History of American Conservatism *

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.