Billy Coleman

Billy Coleman

Assistant Teaching Professor, MU Honors College, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, Department of History

404C Jesse Hall

Phone: 573-882-3330


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Dr. Billy Coleman coordinates the collaborative Kinder Honors sequence in Revolutions and Constitutions and directs the Kinder Institute Democracy Lab. He is the author of Harnessing Harmony: Music, Power, and Politics in the United States, 1788-1865 (University of North Carolina Press)—winner of the American Musicological Society’s H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award, and his research articles on early and nineteenth-century American music and politics appear in the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of the Early Republic, and Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Previously, after completing a Ph.D. in History at University College London (UCL), he held postdoctoral fellowships with the Kinder Institute and in the Department of History at the University of British Columbia. He was Book Reviews Editor of American Nineteenth Century History for five-years and is co-editing an upcoming special issue on music in American nineteenth-century history for the same publication. In addition to the Revolutions and Constitutions sequence, Dr. Coleman regularly teaches interdisciplinary humanities electives for the Honors College, seminars on the American Revolutionary Era and The Young Republic for the Kinder Institute, and survey courses on early America for the History Department. 

Regularly Offered Honors Courses

  • HIST/CNST_DEM 2100H – The Revolutionary Transformation of Early America