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John O'Keefe

John O'Keefe
Associate Professor, History
Bennett Hall 258


Ph.D. in American Studies, George Washington University

B.A. in Linguistics, University of Chicago


  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Legal History
  • Atlantic World
  • United States
  • Revolutionary Period and Early American Republic
  • Diplomatic History
  • Digital Humanities
  • Scholarship of Teaching


John O’Keefe is an associate professor of history at Ohio University-Chillicothe, and received his Ph.D. from George Washington University. He is the author of Stranger Citizens: Migrant Influence and National Power in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2021.) His work focuses on the role of migrants in the United States and shaping of the rights of citizenship, and their intersections with racial and national identity. He has written articles on U.S. Diplomatic History for the web site of the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State. He has also worked on an exhibition, HIV and AIDS 30 Years Ago at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, which was on exhibition in 2011.


Strangers to the Privileges of Citizens: Migrant Influence and National Power in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2021)

“‘People Can Get FIRED UP’: Slack in the Classroom with Reacting to the Past in a Live, Video-Linked Classroom,” Association for Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal, 2020. (forthcoming)

Philadelphia Migrant Landing Reports 1798-1801(opens in a new window) Dataset, Microsoft Excel File, Magazine of Early American Datasets, August 3, 2019.

“Alien Enemies or Naturalized Citizens? Representations of British-born Residents in the United States during the War of 1812,” in Representation and Citizenship. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2016.


HIV and AIDS 30 Years Ago. Exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of American History. On exhibit June-November 2011.


  • HIST 3090: U.S. Constitutional History I
  • HIST 3095: U.S. Constitutional History II
  • HIST 3070: Famous Trials in American History
  • HIST 3111J: Historical Research and Writing
  • HIST 3002: Colonial British North America
  • HIST 3004: Revolutionary Era