Gabriel, Michael P. 1962-

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GABRIEL, Michael P. 1962-

PERSONAL: Born February 23, 1962, in Pittsfield, MA; son of Frederick R. (a radiologist) and Elizabeth B. (a registered nurse) Gabriel; married Sandra Longworth (a magnetic resonance imaging technologist), May 31, 2003. Education: Clarion University, B.S., 1984; St. Bonaventure University, M.A., 1988; Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1996. Politics: Republican. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Travel, reading, tennis.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Department of History, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530.

CAREER: University of Pittsburgh—Bradford, Bradford, PA, instructor in history, 1992, 1993-94; Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, instructor, 1994-96, assistant professor, 1996-2001, associate professor, 2001-04, department chair, 2002—, professor of history, 2004—. National Council on Public History, member.

MEMBER: Organization of American Historians, Pennsylvania Historical Society, New York State Historical Association, Kutztown Area Historical Society (board member, 1997—), First Defenders Civil War Round Table (cofounder).

AWARDS, HONORS: Research fellow, David Library of the American Revolution; research grant, James A. and Ruth B. Neff Historical Foundation.


Major General Richard Montgomery, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Madison, NJ), 2002.

(Editor, with S. Pascale Dewey) Quebec during the American Invasion, 1775-1776, Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI), 2005.

Contributor to books, including History in Dispute: The American Revolution, Gale (Detroit, MI), 2003. Contributor to periodicals, including Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on the American Revolution in northern New York and the Battle of Bennington.

SIDELIGHTS: Michael P. Gabriel told CA: "I have always loved history. This was given to me by my parents and six older brothers and sisters. Over time, my interests began to focus primarily on United States history, especially the period between 1750 and 1865. Many important developments and issues unfolded during this time, and collectively they helped shape the United States, and continue to do so.

"For me, history is a story, almost like literature, and I think that others find it compelling when that's how it is presented. I try to do this in my writing. I want my students and readers to understand that history is not only important, but it's also really interesting. I hope that they'll want to read more history books and learn new things. I have been influenced by the works of such historians as Francis Parkman, James M. McPherson, Stephen E. Ambrose, and Bernard Bailyn."

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