Dr. Aaron N. Coleman is interested in Anglo-American constitutional and ideological development of the 17th and 18th Centuries, especially the era of the American Founding. Dr. Coleman also specializes in contemporary leadership theory and application. He has published two books both dealing with the conception and political debates over federalism. He is currently working on two projects, one a short biography of Thomas Burke and another on the competing languages of Nationalism and State Sovereignty in 18th and 19th Century United States. Dr. Coleman is a die-hard Elvis fan and spends his free time listening to Elvis or reading Lord of the Rings. 

Ph.D. History, University of Kentucky 2008
M.A. History, University of Louisville, 2003
B.S. History, Cumberland College, 2001

Debating Federalism: From the Founding to Today (co-edited with Dr. Chris Leskiw). Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019.

"Nationalism or Federalism: A Return to the Webster-Hayne Debate" Law and Liberty, 2019. 

"Reading the Writing on the Constitution: A Review of Jonathan Gienapp, Second Creation: Fixing the Constitution in the Founding Era" University Bookman, 2019.

“Justice and Moderation: The Reintegration o the American Loyalists as an Episode of Transitional Justice” in Joseph Moore and Rebecca Bannon, eds. The Consequence of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming, 2019).

“Principles or Ideas: The “Great Desideratum” of Madison’s Political Thought” a review essay of Jack N. Rakove’s A Politician Thinking: A Politician Thinking: The Creative Thinking of James Madison and  Noah Feldman. The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President for Reviews in American History (forthcoming).

“Fudging the Founding: When Theory is Disguised as History” An Essay Review of Randy Barnett, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of “We the People” for The Imaginative Conservative, published July 19, 2016.

The American Revolution, State Sovereignty, and the American Constitutional Settlement, 1765-1800. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2016 (paperback, 2017). 

“Development of the Vannsimpco Survey: A Delineation of Hybrid Leadership Styles” co-authored and co-developed with Barry Vann and Jennifer Simpson Swiss Business School Journal of Applied Research 3 (2015): 28-39.

Guest Lecturer: US Army’s Strategic Broadening          Louisville, KY                Sept. 2018
Topic: “Who Governs and How to Govern?: Constitutionalism and Political Ideas              
during the American Founding”
Guest Lecturer: Intercollegiate Studies Institute        Williamsburg, VA            July 2018
Topic: “Federation or Consolidation: What’s at Stake during the Ratification Debates” 

  • Constitutionalism
  • Political Thought
  • English History
  • Federalism
  • American History
  • Leadership




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