Michael Douma

Managing Director


Michael Douma

Managing Director

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 HistoryAmerican 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.

Work History

Associate Professor
Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
2022 – Present
Assistant Research Professor
Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
2016 – 2022
Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics
2015 – Present
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
James Madison University
2013 – 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Illinois-Springfield
2012 – 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois-Springfield
2011 – 2012
Fulbright Scholar
University of Leiden, the Netherlands
2009 – 2010
Graduate Instructor
Florida State University
2007 – 2011

Alma Mater

Florida State University
Ph.D., History
Florida State University
M.A., History
Hope College
B.A., History, Philosophy, Dutch Language


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Routledge Books

Creative Historical Thinking

Creative Historical Thinking offers innovative approaches to thinking and writing about history.
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Cato Institute

What is Classical Liberal History?

Historians working in the classical liberal tradition believe that individual decision-making and individual rights matter in the making of history.



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