Evan P. Haefeli

Evan P. Haefeli

Associate Professor

323 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-2434
Email: eh2204@columbia.edu
Office Hours: By appointment


Ph.D. — Princeton University 2000
B.A. — Hampshire College 1992

Interests and Research

Evan Haefeli, Associate Professor, specializes in colonial American and Native American history. He has published on indigenous relations with European colonists, the experience of captivity, the history of the book in early America, colonial revolts, witchcraft, religious conflict, conversion, and toleration, as well as the role of European imperial competition in shaping colonial American society. He is currently completing a long-term study of the complex origins of American religious pluralism. His research interests include early modern religion and colonial American society (especially in New England and the Mid-Atlantic), politics, cross cultural relations, comparative colonialism, frontier relations, the history of the book, Atlantic history, and the history of religious tolerance.


  • American Beginnings
  • Revolutionary America
  • Native American History
  • The Age of Exploration
  • Early American Religious History


  • New Netherland Institute, Hendricks Award for New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty - 2012
  • Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library, 2011-2012
  • New England Historical Association Book Award for Captors and Captives - 2004
  • Merit Award, American Association for State and Local History for Captors and Captives - 2004
  • Richard L. Morton Award, Institute for Early American History and Culture - 1995
  • Harold L. Peterson Award, Eastern National Parks & Monument Association - 1995
  • Best Essay Award, Society of Colonial Wars - 1995

Selected Publications


Catholics, Protestants, and Empire: Constructing Religious Liberty in Colonial America (University of Chicago Press, under contract)

New Netherland and the Dutch Origins of American Religious Liberty (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield

Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid

Scholarly Articles

"A Scandalous Minister in a Divided Community: Ulster County in Leisler's Rebellion, 1689-1691." Evan Haefeli. New York History, 88, pp. 357-90, 2007

“On First Contact and Apotheosis: Manitou and Men in North America,” in Ethnohistory 54: 3, pp. 407-443, 2007

“Jesuits, Huguenots, and the Apocalypse: The Origins of America’s First French Book,” in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, Vol. 116 Part 1, pp. 59-119, 2006

“The Revolt of the Long Swede: Transatlantic Hopes and Fears on the Delaware, 1669,” in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 80:2, pp. 137-180, 2006

“The Redeemed Captive as Recurrent Seller: Politics and Publication, 1707-1854,” in New England Quarterly 77:3, pp. 341-367, 2004

“The Pennsylvania Difference: Religious Diversity on the Delaware before 1683,” in Early American Studies 1:1, pp. 28-60, 2003

“Ransoming New England Captives in New France,” in French Colonial History 1, pp. 113-128, 2002

“Leislerians in Boston: Some Rare Dutch Correspondence,” in De Haelve Maen 73:4, pp. 77-81, 2000

“Revisiting The Redeemed Captive: New Perspectives on the 1704 Attack on Deerfield,” in The William and Mary Quarterly, 52:1, pp. 3-46, 1995. Reprinted in After King Philip's War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England, pp. 29-71, 1997

“Wattanummon’s World: Personal and Tribal Identity in the Algonquian Diaspora, c.1660-1712,” in Papers of the 25th Algonquian Conference, pp. 25-46, 1994


  • American Society for Ethnohistory
  • American Historical Association
  • Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
  • American Association for Netherlandic Studies
  • Friends of New Netherland
  • French Colonial Historical Society
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Society for Church History
  • Pennsylvania Historical Association
  • New York Historical Society