is a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he is writing a book on the fugitive slave crisis in Boston (1850-64), and a Senior Researcher for the High School Case Method Project at the Harvard Business School, where he works with Professor David Moss transform the teaching of American democracy in high schools. Dean has published widely on American history, including the prize-winning biography American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism
(University of North Carolina Press), and five case studies in Moss's forthcoming collection, Democracy: A Case Study
(Harvard University Press). He received a Ph.D. from Harvard and has served as a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard and as Associate Professor of History at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He frequently delivers public presentations on American history and has extensive experience as an academic editor. He also drew a comic strip for twenty years. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.
"A Better Way to Teach History"
Article from the Atlantic, by Christine Gross-Loh, on the High School Case Method Project.
Toussaint's America, by Dean Grodzins for The Battersea Review
Essay on how Toussaint Louverture, great leader of the Haitian Revolution, changed the course of U.S. history, why Americans have forgotten about it, and why we must remember.
On Thanksgiving Day, Remember Fast Day, by Dean Grodzins for Sightings
An op-ed on the forgotten American tradition of a national day of repentance.
The Abolitionist Behind the Gettysburg Address, by Dean Grodzins for The Root
An op-ed to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech, showing where he got the idea that democracy was "government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Dean Grodzins on Academia.edu
Articles and essays that can be downloaded.