Expertise: Colonial and revolutionary US politics and culture, Kean University history, history of baseball
Biography: Jonathan Mercantini, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of Kean University’s Department of History where he has taught since 2007. Prior to his appointment at Kean he taught at the University of Miami and Canisius College. He has also taught at Princeton University. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University.
His current research projects include a number of papers and museum exhibits on various aspects of the Kean family relating to the history of South Carolina, New Jersey and America. Dr. Mercantini is also preparing an edited collection of documents on the Stamp Act Crisis and the origins of current ideas about taxation. In 2014 he worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey. He received Emmy Nominations from the New York Region and the Mid-Atlantic Region for his work on It Happened Here – New Jersey, a weekly series for New Jersey Public television.
In the Media:
On the origins of America’s culture of tax resistance: The Stamp Act crisis, Constitution Center, March 22, 2015
Tea party vision closer to Articles of Confederation, not Constitution, The Star Ledger, September 16, 2011