Justin Biel, Associate Professor | Undergraduate Coordinator

Address: 221M Morris Hall
Phone: 507-389-5301
Email: justin.biel@mnsu.edu


Justin Biel teaches courses that branch out in several directions from the history of the British Isles: early and modern England, Irish history, early American history, colonialism in world history, and modern European history. He researches and writes on the intellectual roots and residues of British colonialism in Europe, South Asia, and North America.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014

Fields of Study

  • Modern Britain
  • Colonialism
  • History of Secularism
  • Enlightenment Studies

Courses taught

  • History 181W:  European History 1648 to present
  • History 414:  Early England to 1603
  • History 415:  England Since 1603
  • History 431:  European History:  Canada
  • History 431/531:  European History:  Since 1800
  • History 431/531:  European History: Irish History
  • History 608:  Research Seminar:  Modern Britain/British Empire

Representative Publications

  • "Edge of Enlightenment: The Akbar tradition and 'universal toleration’ in British Bengal," Modern Asian Studies 53 (2019).
  • "Maynooth, the 'Godless colleges', and Liberal Imperial Thought in the 1840s," Irish Historical Studies 42 (2018).
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