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Jeff Irvin

I am a historian, author, and all-around science enthusiast.

I presently have three book projects in the works.

The first is a heavily-researched project I have titled The End Is Not Near: How the Culture of Fear has Corrupted Democracy, Built an Empire, and Eroded Our Intellectual Life. This book examines the modern convergence of the culture of fear and the western world’s fascination with utopian and dystopian themes, largely rooted in Christian eschatology. Unfortunately, these forces have combined to throw millions into believing that normal political processes are pointless. This has led to a widespread abandonment of liberal democracy and the belief that the world cannot be redeemed except through destruction.

I also have translated a short seventeenth-century Portuguese pamphlet written by a diplomat in Paris. In it he addresses the desirability of introducing industrial mercantilism into Portugal. I used this pamphlet extensively in my Ph.D. dissertation, “Paradigm and Praxis: Seventeenth-Century Mercantilism and the Age of Liberalism.”

I am presently working on a fourth book which explores Christian prophetic tradition, politics, and race in the southern United States prior to the Civil War. The working title for this book is “A ‘White Christian Republic’: Prophecy, Politics, and Race in Antebellum America”.

All of these books are presently in manuscript form. I plan to submit all of them for publication over the next years.

In addition to these books I have published several articles in academic journals and encyclopedias.

I earned my Ph.D. in early modern European history from The University of Toledo in 2008. I have a master’s degree in U.S. history from the same institution. I have taught at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Japan.

Prior to my career in academia I spent a decade in the IT industry, where I became a specialist in Microsoft and Lotus Domino products. I still do this work for a limited clientele.

I am presently living and working in Toledo, Ohio.

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