Richard R. Beeman, Ph.D., is the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a member of the Penn faculty for more than 40 years, serving in several positions, including dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a historian of the American Revolutionary Era and has written seven books and several dozen articles on aspects of America’s political and constitutional history in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Dr. Beeman’s recent book, Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, was the winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. He has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has served as a Fulbright Professor in the United Kingdom and Vyvian Harmsworth Distinguished Professor of American History at Oxford University.
Dr. Beeman earned a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1964, an M.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1965, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1968.
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