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Brett PalfreymanBrett Palfreyman


Ph.D., Binghamton University (2014)

M.A., Binghamton University (2010)

B.A., Boston College (2008)


Early United States History

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Wagner College


"Peace Process: The Reintegration of the Loyalists in Post-Revolutionary America"

Adviser: Douglas Bradburn

Awards & Fellowships

Binghamton University Distinguished Dissertation Award, 2014

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History 2014 Research Fellowship

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington 2014-2015 Fellows Class

Kramer Doctoral Research Grant in History Binghamton University, 2014-2015 Awards Class

State University of New York Research Foundation 2011 Summer Research Award


“The Loyalists and the Federal Constitution: The Origins of the Bill of Attainder Clause,” forthcoming from the Journal of the Early Republic 35 (Fall, 2015). 

 “The Ideological Consequences of the Reintegration of the Loyalists,” in edited volume, Reconsidering the Critical Period, eds. Douglas Bradburn and Brian Murphy, forthcoming from University of Virginia Press.

“Loyalists Left Behind,” forthcoming from the City Courant: The Journal of the Museum of the City of New York (Spring, 2015).

What is special about Binghamton

What I'll remember most about my experience at Binghamton University is the relationships I developed with the faculty and my colleagues in the history department. My professors and committee members served as educators, mentors, professional advocates, motivators (when I needed to be pushed), and friends (when I needed support). My fellow graduate students and other members of the department, meanwhile, provided a welcoming community in which to float ideas, celebrate accomplishments, commiserate when necessary, and of course, to share a few pitchers at wing night.

Last Updated: 11/1/17