Doron Atar is a historian of the early American republic and a playwright. He is embarking on a study of the performance of masculinity in men’s divorce narratives in the early republic. Ben-Atar is the author, together with Richard D. Brown of Taming Lust: Crimes against Nature in the Early Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power (Yale University Press, 2004); What Time and Sadness Spared: Mother and Son Confront the Holocaust together with Roma Nutkiewicz Ben-Atar (University of Virginia Press, 2006, published in Hebrew as îä ùäæîï åäòöá äåúéøå: àí åáðä îúîåããéí òí îùà äòáø by Yad Vashem Press, 2014); and The Origins of Jeffersonian Commercial Policy and Diplomacy (Macmillan, 1993). Ben-Atar co-edited with Barbara B. Oberg Federalists Reconsidered, (University Press of Virginia, 1998). Ben-Atar’s produced plays are Autobiography (2013), The Worst Man (2011), Peace Warriors (2009) and Behave Yourself Quietly (2007).
Ben-Atar teaches undergraduate courses on the history of the early American republic, the history of sexuality in the United States, hysteria sexuality and the unconscious (together with Anne G. Hoffman of the English department) the US in the Middle East the history of modern Israel, and the history of antisemitism. His graduate courses include classes on the historiography of the early republic and sexuality in America.