Department Chair:
Renee Romano

Administrative Assistant:
Kathy King

Department Email:

Phone: 440 775 8520
Fax: 440 775 6910

Rice Hall 316
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

John Ragosta

John Ragosta

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information

Rice 306
(440) 775-6209

Personal Office Hours:
TR 11:00-12:00 W 1:30- 2:30 And by appointment or chance

John Ragosta

Visiting Assistant Professor

John Ragosta

Educational Background

  • PhD (early American history): University of Virginia
  • MA (early American/legal history): George Washington University
  • JD: University of Virginia
  • BS (physics-chemistry, philosophy): Grove City College

John Ragosta is a historian of early America. His first two books – Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped to Win the American Revolution & Secured Religious Liberty and Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed – address the development and meaning of religious freedom in the United States. He is currently working on several projects concerning Patrick Henry and the development of politics in the early republic. He is an award-winning author who has published extensively in historic, legal, and scientific journals.

In addition to teaching history at the University of Virginia, Hamilton College, and Randolph College, John has taught international law at both UVA and George Washington University. Both the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities have awarded him fellowships. Prior to returning to school for his PhD, he practiced law in Washington DC. He is also a beekeeper.

This year, Professor Ragosta will be teaching: American History to 1877, Rebellion in the Late Seventeenth Century, Before the Reservation: Native American History to 1877, Making the Constitution, and the Era of the American Revolution.