Michael J. Douma

Michael Douma Georgetown GISME
Michael J. Douma is the managing director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He received a Ph.D. in history from Florida State University in 2011 and was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands. He is interested in interdisciplinary work, including the history of political economy and the philosophy of history. Most of his publications concern 19th century American history and the history of the Dutch around the world. His work has been published in the American StudiesCalvin Theological Journal, Civil War History, New York Times, and the South African Historical Journal, among others. His next book, Creative Historical Thinking, is forthcoming with Routledge. 

Published Works

Recent Books

Michael J. Douma and Phillip W. Magness, “What is Classical Liberal History?” (Lexington Press, 2018) 

Michael J. Douma, Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018) 

Selected Recent Articles:


Michael J. Douma,  “How the First Ten Amendments became the Bill of Rights” Georgetown Journal of Law       and Public Policy 15:2. 

Michael J. Douma “A Dutch Confederate: Charles Liernur Defends Slavery in America” BMGN: Low Countries Review  132-2 (June, 2017), 27-50.   

Michael J. Douma “McCloskey and the Dutch: Capitalist Rhetoric and the Economic History of Holland” Journal of Private Enterprise  

Michael J. Douma, “Why Historians have Failed to Recognize Mises’s Theory and History” Review of Austrian Economics 30:2 (2017), 1-14. 


[Christina Mulligan, Michael J. Douma, Hans Lind, and Brian Patrick Quinn] “Founding-Era Translations of the United States Constitution,” Constitutional Commentary  31.1: 1-53.