John P. Demos

Bennett Boskey Visiting Professor of History

Hollander Hall Rm 334

Fall 2017 Class Hours:

Tue/Thu – 11:20 am to 12:35 pm

Office Hours:

Thu – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
(and by appointment)


M.A. University of California, Berkeley (1961)


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

HIST 254(F)

Colonial American History to 1760

HIST 301(S)

Approaching the Past: Writing History


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.