Michael Douma

Michael J. Douma is the managing director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He received a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University in 2011 and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands. He is interested in interdisciplinary work, including the history of political economy and the philosophy of history. Most of his publications concern 19th century American history and the history of the Dutch around the world. His work has been published in the American Studies, Calvin Theological Journal, Civil War History, New York Times, and the South African Historical Journal, among others. His next book, Creative Historical Thinking, is forthcoming with Routledge.

As managing director for GISME, Michael is responsible for organizing and managing all of the institute's events.  He is personally responsible for designing and running the Seminar on Ethics Across the Curriculum and the Symposium on Markets and Catholic Social Thought. 

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Published Works


Michael J. Douma, The Liberal Approach to the Past (Cato, 2020). 

Michael J. Douma, The Colonization of Freed African Americans in Suriname (Leiden University Press, 2019)

Michael J. Douma, Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018). 

Michael J. Douma and Phillip W. Magness, eds. What Is Classical Liberal History? (Lexington Press, 2018).

Michael J. Douma, How Dutch Americans stayed Dutch: An Historical Perspective on Ethnic Change  (Amsterdam, the Netherlands: University of Amsterdam Press, 2014). 

Michael J. Douma, Veneklasen Brick: A Family, an Industry, and a Unique Nineteenth Century Dutch Architectural Movement in Michigan (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004). 



"Two Early Dutch Translations of the U.S. Constitution: Public Meaning in a Transnational Context" Law and History Review 37:3 (July 2019) special issue on "Legal History and Originalism; Rethinking the Special Relationship."


[with Anders Bo Ramussen and Robert O. Faith] "The Impressment of Foreign-born Soldiers in the Union Army" Journal of American Ethnic History.

"Why Historians have Failed to Recognize Mises’s Theory and History,”" Review of Austrian Economics 30:2 (2018), 1-14. 


"How the First Ten Amendments became the Bill of Rights," Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy 15:2. 

"A Dutch Confederate: Charles Liernur Defends Slavery in America," BMGN: Low Countries Historical Review 132-2 (2017), 27-50. 

"McCloskey and the Dutch: Capitalist Rhetoric and the Economic History of Holland," Journal of Private Enterprise 32.4 (2017), 49-57.


"Founding-Era Translations of the United States Constitution," Constitutional Commentary 31.1 (2016), 1-53. (with Christina Mulligan, Hans Lind, and Brian Patrick Quinn)


"The Lincoln Administration's Negotiations to Colonize African Americans in Dutch Suriname," Civil War History  61.2: 111-137.

"Sorting the Past: The Social Function of Antique Stores as Centers for the Production of Local History,"  International Journal of Regional and Local History 10.2: 101-119.


[with Anders Bo Rasmussen] "The Danish St. Croix Project: Revisiting the Lincoln Colonization Program with Foreign-Language Sources," American Nineteenth Century History 15.3: 311-342.

“Tulip Time and the Invention of a New Dutch American Identity,” American Studies 53.1: 149-167.

"Rediscovering Van Raalte's Church History: Historical Consciousness at the Birth of Dutch American Religion," Calvin Theological Journal 49.1: 5-24.