Michael J. Douma is an associate professor and 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 New York Times, the Journal of Early American History, American Studies, Civil War History, and the Law & History Review, among others places. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018) and The Liberal Approach to the Past (Cato Institute, 2020). He is currently writing a book on the economic, demographic, and cultural history of slavery in Dutch New York. He regularly teaches courses in Georgetown University’s history department, including a course on the history of globalization in a global affairs program jointly run by the McDonough School of Business and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.
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.