John Heitmann

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John Heitmann


  • Full-Time Faculty


At the University of Dayton since 1984, Professor Heitmann has taught a wide variety of courses in the history of science and technology and environmental history. Active on numerous departmental, college, and university committees, Heitmann served as chair of the Department of History between 1991 and 1995. He has an active research agenda exploring connection between science, technology and religion, and additionally pursues topics related to the history of the automobile. In his leisure time, he continues to restore a 1971 Porsche 911T Targa and plays tennis in USTA leagues. Professor Heitmann is the past Alumni Chair in the Humanities.

Faculty Perspective

My purpose is to instill in students an appreciation for history, a desire for them to achieve balance in life, and an enhanced sense of self understanding that leads to personal growth.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1983

Research Interests

  • History of science and technology
  • Science, technology, and religion
  • History of the automobile

Selected Publications

"Doing 'True Science:' The Early History of the Institutum Divi Thomas, 1935-1951" The Catholic Historical Review, 88(2002), 702-721.

With Larry Schweikart, "Research at the University of Dayton," In (Dayton, OH, UD, 2000),103-132.

"The Beginnings of Big Sugar in Florida, 1920-1945," Florida Historical Quarterly, 77 (Summer, 1998), 39-61.

"The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Sugar Industry in Lafourche Country," in The Lafourche Country II: The Heritage and Its Keepers, ed. By Stephen S. Michot and John P. Doucet (Thibodaux, LA, 1996), 96-102.

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