Robert Imholt

Political Science
Title:Part-time Instructor
Background:B.A., Washington and Lee University
M.A., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • American Revolution
  • American Civil War
  • The Sixties
  • Constitutional Law
  • The American Presidency

Dr. Imholt has been a member of the Albertus faculty since 1971. During all of this time, his central concern has been the individual student enrolled in his classes, seated in his office, or encountered on campus or off. His teaching is driven by the injunction that is central to the Dominican charism and the mission of Albertus “ to give to others the fruits of one™s contemplation. He finds teaching the perpetually young one way to offset the ravages of age.

He has taught a wide range of courses in both History and Political Science. While his primary interest is American history, the specific subject matter of any course is merely the means for students to develop their capacity to reflect, to analyze, to synthesize, and to communicate effectively. What he values most in students is curiosity and constant questioning. Students should never take anything for granted. They should always dig below the surface and be willing to look at the old and familiar in new ways and arrive at fresh insights. He firmly believes that an idea isn™t any good until it is played with. As academic disciplines, both History and Political Science are sophisticated kinds of intellectual play and the only way to become a master of the games is to continue playing them. Playing them is a form of mental exercise that stretches the mind and developing one™s mind is what education is all about.


“Tale of Two Chaplains: Timothy Dwight and Joel Barlow in the Revolutionary War,” to be published by Connecticut State Library
Review of Edmund S. Morgan, American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America (New York: W. W. Norton, 2009) for Connecticut History, 49 (Spring 2010).
"New Haven" and "Trumbull Family" in Burt Feintuch and David H. Watters, eds., Encyclopedia of New England Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005)
Joint Review of Joseph A. Conforti, Imagining New England Explorations of
Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Mid-Twentieth Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001) and Andrew Delbanco, ed., Writing New England (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2001) in NEHA News: The Newsletter of the New England Historical Association, XXVIII (October 2002), 12-14.
"Timothy Dwight, Federalist Pope of Connecticut," New England Quarterly,
LXXIII (September 2000), 386-411.

Professional Affiliations:

American Historical Association
Association for the Study of Connecticut History
New England Historical Association
New Haven Museum and Historical Society
Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

Robert Imholt