Johann Neem is a professor of American history at Western Washington University and editor of the Journal of the Early Republic. His research focuses on the history of American democracy. He is particularly interested in institutions that foster active and capable democratic citizens, such as voluntary associations and public schools. He is author of three books: What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform (2019); Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America (2017); and Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (2008). With Joanne B. Freeman, he edited the essay collection, Jeffersonians in Power (2019). He has been interviewed by The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and PBS Newshour, among other venues. He has also written for such public outlets as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, USA Today, and the Washington Post. His current research focuses on the daily life of democracy in communities across America between the American Revolution and the Civil War.