Ph.D. 1985, Georgetown U. Professor Early American and 19th-Century U.S. Office: RH 402A Phone: (315) 445-4765 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I became interested in history through my family and its troubled past. My paternal grandmother was born in Tennessee in 1885, the daughter of an elderly Confederate officer and slaveholder (and his second, much younger, wife). When I was in high school, the series "Roots" was shown on television, and my normally soft-spoken grandmother became furious about the way in which the Old South was depicted. She assured me that they--meaning the planter class--"were always kind to our people," an inadvertent admission that African American slaves were indeed human property. I think that's when I decided to write and teach about race relations in the early American South.
I moved east from Arizona and received my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown. I never lost my interest in the South, which in fact was far more complex and complicated than I ever imagined.
I've also written numerous essays and reviews regarding race in early America; some of the latter have appeared in the Sunday Boston Globe and The Nation. I've appeared on the PBS series "The Afican Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" (2013), "Africans in America" (1998) and "This Far by Faith" (2002). During the 2011-12 academic year, I held the Mary Ball Washington Chair (Fulbright) at the University College Dublin.
Courses: World Civilizations I & II: Learning Community Antebellum America, 1800-1848 Slavery and Emancipation in the Atlantic World Civil War and Reconstruction, 1848-1877 Race and Ethnicity in Early America
Court of Death: A Documentary History of Denmark Vesey's Conspiracy (with Robert L. Paquette), 2013
Recent Conference Presentations I have given talks at the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early Republic.