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Dr. Nathan Coleman

Faculty Title: 
Associate Professor of Higher Education and History

Dr. Nathan Coleman hails from Inez, KY. In 2001, he graduated with a B.S. in history from Cumberland College. During his tenure at Cumberland Nathan was President of the Student Government Association from 1999-2001, the first student in Cumberlands’ history to serve four straight semesters as President. He continued his studies at the University of Louisville where he obtained his M.A. degree in history in 2003. While at both the Cumberlands and Louisville, he was active in Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, serving as president of both school’s chapters. He obtained his Ph.D. in early American history from the University of Kentucky in 2008. His area of expertise is on early American political and constitutional thought. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Assistant Professor of History at Kentucky Christian University, where he taught a wide spectrum of American history courses. He is currently an Associate Professor of Education and History at the University of the Cumberlands.

Dr. Coleman has published articles and numerous book reviews in leading journals in history and has presented papers at a number of conferences and symposiums, as well being the invited guest speaker at several speaking forums. His work has been cited by numerous scholars of the Early Republic including Pulitzer Prize winning historians. He is currently completing a manuscript on the American Revolution and the idea of a constitutional settlement. Nathan’s publications include:

“'A Second Bonaparte?' A Reexamination of Alexander Hamilton During the Franco-American Crisis, 1796–1801,” JER, 28 (2008):183-214.

“Debating the Nature of State Sovereignty: Nationalists, State Sovereigntists, and the Treaty of Paris (1783), Journal of the Historical Society 12 (Fall 2012):309-340.

“President James Madison’s Domestic Policies, 1809-1817: Jeffersonian Factionalism and the Beginnings of American Nationalism” in Stuart Leibiger, ed. A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012): 192-207.

Dr. Coleman brings a historical perspective to the study of leadership. In addition to directing research projects, Nathan will provide instruction on the history and philosophy of great leaders.