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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 on the history of American Democracy that Dean wrote as first author or co-author are being used in hundreds of high schools 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), which won the Alan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians and was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice magazine, 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). Dean has served as a Lecturer at Harvard, where he taught American history and literature, and Associate Professor of History at Meadville Lombard Theological School, where he taught American religious history. 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.