Michael J. Albani is a PhD student at Michigan State University who holds an MA in History from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in History and English from Albion College. Albani’s research focuses on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century United States and Atlantic World with a geographic emphasis on the Great Lakes region. He is particularly interested in interactions between Euro-Americans and Native Americans on the Great Lakes borderlands. Additionally, Albani is a strong advocate of digital humanities. He previously coordinated the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, a project dedicated to uncovering more about the intellectual history of Jesuits in the American Midwest after the Society of Jesus was restored in 1814.
Before pursuing a graduate level education, Albani worked on the interpretive staff of Colonial Michilimackinac, an open-air living history museum in Northern Michigan. There, he not only worked to recreate the lives of eighteenth-century soldiers, fur traders, and voyageurs, but also engaged in original research using the primary sources collected by Mackinac State Historic Parks. He is a member of the American Historical Association, American Catholic Historical Association, Midwestern History Association, and Historical Society of Michigan.