Research Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee
Dr. Coens joined the Papers of Andrew Jackson and the University of Tennessee History Department in 2004. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Awarded a Mellon Fellowship in 1998, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2004, writing a dissertation entitled “The Formation of the Jackson Party, 1822-1825.”
Dr. Coens is broadly interested in American political, intellectual and social history from the Revolution through the Civil War. His essay “The Jackson Political Party: A Force for Democratization?” appeared in A Companion to the Era of Andrew Jackson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He has co-edited volumes 7 to 12 of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, covering the years 1829 to 1834. He is currently writing a monograph on nuclear fear in the 1980s.
Dec 06, 2023 07:50 am UTC| Politics
From the time of the founding era to the present day, one of the more common things said about American democracy is that it is an experiment. Most people can readily intuit what the term is meant to convey, but it is...