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Dr. John Patrick Mullins
Associate Professor of History
Contact Information

Ireton G106
(703) 284-3805

Academic Credentials

B.A., New College, University of South Florida
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Teaching Areas:
  • Colonial and Revolutionary American History
  • Native, European, and African encounters in Early North America
  • Intellectual, political, cultural, and gender History in Early America
Research Interests:
  • Native American thought and culture, with a focus on religion, war, cultural identity, and political allegiance
  • The negotiation of political power and cultural identity among Natives, Europeans, and Africans within the first British Empire
  • The intellectual, cultural, political, and religious origins of the American Revolution and the formation of American national identity.
Dr. Patrick Mullins has been Marymount’s early American historian since Fall 2008. He has taught such courses as Colonial and Revolutionary America, The Frontier, Women in the United States, Slavery in the Atlantic World, Virginia and the Old South, Early National and Jacksonian America, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Senior Seminar, and graduate seminars on Native and European Encounters in Early North America, the Intellectual History of the American Revolution, and the Foundations of Historical Thought.
His teaching and research specialization is the history of British Colonial America, from King Philip’s War to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, with a special focus on New England and the Old Northwest during the era of the French and Indian War. His work concerns the concepts and strategies by which people of different cultures—such as Native Americans, European immigrants, creole settlers, and African slaves—have been able to coexist peacefully within a large political unity (as in the case of the first British Empire in North America), and the processes by which such negotiated relationships fail and lapse into violence (as with the unraveling of that empire by 1776).
Dr. Mullins’s first book project examined the political thought and activism of Boston clergyman Jonathan Mayhew and his role in the intellectual origins of the American Revolution. His second book project explores the rivalry between British America and French Canada over conversion of the Native Americans and the role which Indian proselytization played in the disaffection of New England from Britain. Eager to reach an audience beyond academic readers, he has provided commentary about Colonial and Revolutionary America on C-SPAN and The Military Channel.
Dr. Mullins also serves as co-director of his department’s American Heritage Initiative, which seeks to advance within the Marymount community understanding of the nature and origins of America’s civic and political institutions, the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens and as human beings, and the critical thinking required of us all as self-governing citizens of a constitutional republic.