History: Associate Professor
American Studies: Co-coordinator
Scholar Program: Associate Professor of History
Christopher Pearl’s research and teaching interests center upon the political, religious, social and legal history of America to 1877. In his research, he addresses salient questions related to local governance, British imperial politics, and state formation during the American Revolution.
Pearl grew up in Allegany, N.Y., (small town on the border of New York and Pennsylvania), about two hours north of Williamsport. Like his research, his classes focus on many interesting facets of early American political and legal culture. In his classes, students explore fascinating topics such as the Salem Witch Trials, the vigilante actions of Regulators in colonial North America, the popular politics of the American Revolution, and the intersection of law and society in early America.
Pearl is currently working on a book project on the American Revolution entitled, “Crisis of Governance: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State,” which will be published by the University of Virginia Press next year.
- “Our God, and Our Guns”: Religion and Politics on the Revolutionary Frontier” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 85, no. 1 (2018), 58-89.
- “Pulpits of Revolution: Presbyterian Political Thought in the Era of the American Revolution,” The Journal of Presbyterian History, 95 No. 1 Spring/Summer 2017, 4-17.
- With Lycoming College student Maggie Slawson '17, "No Sunshine Patriots: Three Stories of Revolution on the West Branch," The Journal of the Lycoming County Historical Society, Vol. LII (2016), 2-10.
- “Franklin’s Turn: Imperial Politics and the Coming of the American Revolution,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 136 no. 2 (April 2012), 117-139
Excellence in Teaching (2011)
Distinguished Dissertation Award (2014)
Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2015)
Howard C. Berthold Faculty Research and Information Competencies Award (2016)
Research Grants & Fellowships
Student-Faculty Research Grant 2016
Mellon Foundation Research Grant 2016
Professional Development Grant 2014
Presbyterian Historical Society
Resident Research Fellowship 2014