Professor Emeritus James Henretta is the author of various books and articles in the field of early American history, including Salutary Neglect: Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle 1972); The Evolution of American Society, 1700-1815: An Interdisciplinary Analysis (1973); Evolution and Revolution, 1600-1820 (1987); and The Origins of American Capitalism: Collected Essays (1991). He is also the co-author of two survey texts: America's History (7th ed., 2011) and America: A Concise History (5th ed., 2012). He is now working in the field of legal and political history on a book manuscript entitled "The Liberal State in America: New York, 1820-1975." Articles related to this project include: "The Birth of American Liberalism: New York, 1820-1860" in Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States 1750-1850, ed. by Jürgen Heideking and James A. Henretta (Cambridge University Press, 2001); "Isaac Sherman and the Trials of Gilded Age Liberalism," American Nineteenth Century History, 4 (Spring 2003), 77-98, and "Charles Evans Hughes and the Strange Death of Liberal America," Law and History Review, (Spring 2006), 115-213.
Professor Henretta has held research fellowships from the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the National Humanities Center. He has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and as the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University.