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Douglas Bradburn  

Douglas Bradburn

Associate Professor
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.

Editorial Work:

  • 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.
The Citizenship Revolution: Politics and the Making of the American Union

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