Dr. Michael D. Breidenbach

Associate Professor and Chair of History | Ave Maria University

  • Dr. Breidenbach is Senior Affiliate for Legal Humanities at the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, and is an historian of politics, religion, and law in America.
  • He is the author of Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America (Harvard University Press, 2021) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He has also written for publications such as The Atlantic, Washington Post, and First Things.
  • Dr. Breidenbach is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has held research positions at Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Villanova, and Penn.
  • He obtained his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Cambridge and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern.