Charles Hanson has been teaching since 1979.  He grew up in Massachusetts and attended school in England and Canada before returning to New England for college. Since earning his B.A. at Harvard and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, he has taught at public and independent colleges and high schools in New Mexico, Nebraska, Italy, and now California.  He is the author of Necessary Virtue: The Pragmatic Origins of Religious Liberty in New England (University Press of Virginia, 1998). He has taught US History and Economics at Menlo School since 1999 and was chair of the History Department from 2004 to 2013.  He is the founding editor of the Menlo Roundtable, a review of original student writing and research published three times a year in hard copy and also online at