College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  John M. Dixon
Assistant Professor

John M. Dixon
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 2N Room 101
Phone : 718.982.3307
Fax : 718.982.2864

Degrees :
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of East Anglia, England
B.A., University of Birmingham, England

Biography / Academic Interests :
John Dixon is a historian of early America and the early modern Atlantic world. His research interests include intellectual and cultural history, the Enlightenment, New York history, and Jewish history.

A former associate editor of the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers, Professor Dixon received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2007. He joined the College of Staten Island in 2009, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as America before 1865, American ideas, the history of New York, historical methods, and historiography.

Professor Dixon’s first book, The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2016. It recreates the enlightened culture of an eighteenth-century statesman, botanist, historian, cartographer, and natural philosopher who claimed to have discovered the cause of gravity and who also became one of the most hated political figures in pre-Revolutionary New York.

Professor Dixon is currently working on his second book, Jews and the Atlantic, 1450-1800, which explores the history of the early modern Atlantic world through the experience of Jews, crypto-Jews, and conversos.

Scholarship / Publications :
The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden: Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York (Cornell University Press, due 2016).  

“Henry F. May and the Revival of the American Enlightenment: Problems and Possibilities for Intellectual and Social History,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 71, no. 2, April 2014, pp. 255–80.

“Between Script and Specie: Cadwallader Colden’s Printing Method and the Production of Permanent, Correct Knowledge,” Early American Studies 8, no.1, Winter 2010, pp. 75–93.

Last Updated: 09.14.2015