Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
Early American, Early Modern Britain, Comparative Slavery/Emancipation
Office: LT 703
Phone: (607) 777-4424
On leave for 2013-2014 and not currently taking graduate students.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
- Colonial Rebellion in Early Modern North America
- War and Empire in Early America
- Politics and Society in Colonial America, 1607-1763
- Revolutionary America
- Foundations of America
Recent or current graduate courses:
- Problems in Colonial American History
- Problems in the Era of the American Revolution
- Problems in the Early American Republic
Significant Publications Books and Book Manuscripts:
- The Citizenship Revolution: Politics and the Creation of the American Union, 1774-1804. (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2009).
- Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion , editor, with John C. Coombs (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, forthcoming 2011).
Selected articles and book chapters:
- The Eschatological Origins of the English Empire,” in Early Modern Virginia: New Essays on the Old Dominion, Douglas Bradburn and John C. Coombs editors, (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, University of Virginia Press, 2011).
- "The Problem of Citizenship in the American Revolution," History Compass. 8/9 (2010): 1093-1113
- “A Clamor in the Public Mind: The Opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Series, LXV (July 2008), 565-600.
- "Smoke and Mirrors: Reinterpreting the Society and Economy of the 17th Century Chesapeake," with John C. Coombs, Atlantic Studies, Vol. 3 (October 2006): 131-157.
- "’True Americans’ and ‘Hordes of Foreigners’: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and the Problem of Citizenship in the United States, 1789-1800," Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, Vol. 29 (Spring, 2003): 19-41.
- "Immigrants, Federalists, and the Politics of National Citizenship in the United States, 1789-1800," Working Paper No. 01-07, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, 2001.
Selected Book Reviews:
- Michael A. McDonnell, The Politics of War: Race, Class, & Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia in The Historical Journal 52 (Sept. 2009), 836-39.
- Peter Mancall, ed., The Atlantic World and Virginia, 1550-1624, in The Journal of Southern History (May 2009).
- Lee Ward, The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America, H-Atlantic. (.pdf, 299kb)
- C. Edward Skeen, 1816: America Rising, in Journal of the Early Republic, (Fall, 2004).
- Manisha Sinha, The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina, in Journal of the Early Republic, (Winter, 2002).
- Peter S. Onuf, Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood, in The Southern Historian, Vol. XXI, (Tuscaloosa, AL) 2001, 122-125.
- Senior Associate Editor, The Southern Historian Tuscaloosa, AL, June 1999-2003.
Recent Awards and Fellowships
- SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009-2010
- Fellow, Institute for Humane Society, Washington, D.C. , November 2008
- Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, $5,000 Open Grant for partial funding of Early Modern Virginia: A Symposium, New Thoughts on the Old Dominion, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA, August, 17-18, 2007 Total funds raised: $35,000 in cash and kind.
- Gilder Lehrman Junior Research Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, 2004-2005.
- Mellon Fellow, Virginia Historical Society
- Newberry Library Undergraduate Humanities Seminar Faculty Fellowship, 2003-2004.
- CBS Bicentennial Narrators Scholarship, Division of Humanities, University of Chicago, 2002-2003.
- Von Holst Prize Lectureship University of Chicago, 2001-2002.
- Summer Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, University of Chicago History Department, 1998.
- University of Chicago Graduate Studies Fellowship, 1995-1999.
- Raven Society Research Fellowship, University of Virginia, 1994-1995.
- Anne Hope Van Schaack Award for Jefferson Studies, University of Virginia, for paper “‘Farming is But Gambling’: Thomas Jefferson’s Plantations in Retirement,” 1994.