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DEAN GRODZINS is the Senior Researcher and Case Writer for the Case Method Institute for Education and Democracy, which promotes use of the case method to improve how the history of American democracy is taught in U.S high schools. Seven case studies that Dean co-wrote are being used by thousands of high school teachers across the United States and were published in David Moss, Democracy: A Case Study (Harvard, 2017). Dean is the author of American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism (UNC, 2002) and many articles and book chapters. His essays and book reviews have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Journal of Religion, and The Root, among other publications, and he is a contributor to The Atlas of Boston History (Chicago UP, 2019), edited by Nancy Seasholes. Dean has served as a Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University and Associate Professor of History at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society, a Pew Faculty Fellow at Yale University, and a Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School. He is former editor of the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History and creator of the prize-winning comic strip, TANGENTS (1979-2000). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.

Selected essays and articles by Dean are available for download at Academia.edu. See also the link to Selected Works, above.

Winner of the 2020 Historic New England Book Prize


"The Atlas of Boston History excavates four centuries of the city's rise, fall, and rise again. With thoughtful essays that introduce new maps and historic sources, the authors guide the reader through the city's evolution from multiple angles. The result is a chronological picture of the environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history of one of North America's most enduring urban centers. General readers will appreciate its clear explanation of the city's spatial history, while scholars will profit from a vital reference work that also serves as a source of new discovery."

― Susan Schulten

author of A History of America in 100 Maps