Michael C. Batinski
Dr. Michael C. Batinski came to SIU in 1968, upon completion of his Ph.D. at Northwestern University. A specialist in colonial America and the early republic, he has written The New Jersey Assembly from 1728 to 1775: The Making of a Legislative Community (1987), and Jonathan Belcher, Colonial Governor (1996).
He is currently working on a two volume study of history, memory, and community in America from 1500 to the present. The first volume, Pastkeepers in a Small Place: Five Centuries in Deerfield, Massachusetts, appeared in 2004. The second volume focuses on Jackson County, Illinois. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the Illinois State Historical Society and is book review editor for the society's journal.