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John Navin

Professor, History

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Brittain Hall 363

Spring 2023 Office Hours
Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00pm
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A Boston native, John Navin joined the department of History in 1999 after teaching at Brandeis and Pfeiffer universities. He specializes in Early American history and has published works that focus on race, warfare, gender, and the impact of colonizing ventures on groups and individuals. Navin served as Associate Dean in Edwards College from 2001 to 2008 and as interim Chair of Communications in 2009-10. Before completing his doctorate he managed the Communications departments for several Massachusetts firms and operated a consulting business. Navin holds two U.S. Patents for four-way chess and spends summers in Maine.


Ph.D., History, Brandeis University, 1997

M.A., American Studies, Boston College, 1989

B.A, English, University of Massachusetts/Boston, 1972

Teaching Areas

Early American History 

  • Colonial
  • Revolution
  • Early Republic
  • Antebellum

Crime and Punishment in Early America

Critical Moments in American History

The Vietnam War

Research Areas

Early America


The Grim Years: Settling South Carolina, 1670-1720 (University of South Carolina Press 2020). 

“A New England Yankee Discovers Southern History” in Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner. 

“Intimidation, Violence and Race in British America,” The Historian.

“Mothers, Warfare, and Captivity in the Eastern Woodlands of North America, 1607-1763,” in Motherhood and War: International Perspectives.

“Servant or Slave?: South Carolina’s Inherited Labor Dilemma,” Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association.

“’The Time of Most Distress’: Plymouth Plantation’s Demographic Crisis,” The History of the Family.

“John Billington and Family: Doomed ‘Knave’ of Plymouth Plantation,” in The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850.

“’Decrepit in Their Early Youth’: English Children in Holland and Plymouth Plantation,” in Children in Colonial America.

“Cross Cultural ‘Murther’ and Retribution in Colonial New England,” in Murder on Trial.