Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


Michael Breidenbach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History
Michael Breidenbach, Ph.D.
Education: B.A., American Studies and History, Northwestern University; M. Phil, Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge; Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge
Office: Henkels Academic Bldg. 2014A
Phone: (239) 280-1570
Fax: (239) 280-1637


Dr. Michael Breidenbach is Assistant Professor of History at Ave Maria University. He obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College, University of Cambridge, where he was a Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar. He was a visiting graduate student in History at the Sorbonne in Paris and earned a master’s degree with distinction in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, where he was later a visiting scholar in Philosophy and senior member. He graduated with departmental honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University with a BA in History and American Studies.

Dr. Breidenbach researches the history of political and ecclesiastical thought in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World, and has lectured in Britain, Ireland, and across the United States. His recent work has been published in Perspectives on Political Science, and he is working on a book concerning Catholicism and the American Founding.

His teaching spans the history of Western Civilization, American history, and the history of political and religious thought. Prior to Ave Maria University, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, and taught History and Politics at Princeton, Cambridge, and Northwestern. He has conducted research for the White House and has been awarded international grants for research in China and across Europe.

He sits on the board of directors of an educational charity in Cambridge, England, and remains a member of King’s College and Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is also a member of the American Historical Association, the James Madison Society at Princeton University, and the Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council.