John P. Demos

Spring 2018 Class Hours:

Wed – 1:10 pm to 3:50 pm

Office Hours:

Wed – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
(and by appointment)


John Demos comes to Williams, as the Bennet Boskey Visiting Professor, from Yale where he taught as a member of the History Department for over three decades. His chief field of study is early American history; his approach is that of a social historian. He is the author of ten books, including A LITTLE COMMONWEALTH: Family Life in Plymouth Colony, ENTERTAINING SATAN: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England, THE UNREDEEMED CAPTIVE: A Family Story from Early America, and THE HEATHEN SCHOOL: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic. He has won various awards, including the Bancroft Prize and the Parkman Prize; he has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award (in General Non-fiction). His published work also includes essays on historical method, psychology and psychoanalysis, the craft of writing, and baseball.