Research

Faculty Publications

George Washington

George Washington Written upon the Land: Nature, Memory, Myth, and Landscape

By Philip Levy

George Washington Written upon the Land explores this most famous of American childhoods through its relationship to the Virginia farm where much of it took place using approaches from biography, archaeology, folklore, and studies of landscape and material culture. 

Arsenault on Ashe

 Arthur Ashe: A Life

By Raymond Arsenault

Dr. Arsenault provides us with the first comprehensive, authoritative biography of American icon Arthur Ashe - a pioneering athlete who, after breaking the color barrier, went on to become an influential civil rights activist and public intellectual.

Domestic Intimacies

Domestic Intimacies: Incest and the Liberal Subject in Nineteenth-Century America

By Brian Connolly

Domestic Intimacies offers a wide-ranging, critical history of incest and its various prohibitions as they were defined throughout the nineteenth century by placing the fear of incest at the heart of conflicts over public life and privacy, kinship and individualism, and personal freedom.

Decolonizing Christianity

Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire in France and Algeria

By Darcie Fontaine

Decolonizing Christianity traces the dramatic transformation of Christianity from its position as the moral foundation of European imperialism to its role as a radical voice of political and social change in the era of decolonization.

Unreedemed Land by Mauldin

Unredeemed Land: An Environmental History of Civil War and Emancipation in the Cotton South

By Erin Stewart Mauldin

Unredeemed Land reconsiders the Civil War's profound impact on southern history by tracing the environmental constraints that shaped the rural South's transition to capitalism during the late nineteenth century.

Buying Gay

Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement

By David K. Johnson

In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands—the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. Buying Gay explores the connections and tensions between the market and this movement..

In Pursuit of Politics

In Pursuit of Politics: Education and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France

By Adrian O'Connor

In Pursuit of Politics offers a new interpretation of the debates over education and politics in the early years of the French Revolution and sheds light on how revolutionary legislators and ordinary citizens worked to make a new sort of politics possible in eighteenth-century France.

Escaped Nuns

Escaped Nuns: True Womanhood and the Campaign against Convents in Antebellum America

By Cassandra L. Yacovazzi

Escaped Nuns argues that in the first half of the nineteenth century, ministers, vigilantes, politicians, and writers forged the image of the convents as a hive of abuse and torture, locking arms against convents. The result was a far-reaching antebellum movement that shaped perceptions of nuns, and women more broadly, in the US.

Murder and Martyrdom

Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597

By J. Michael Francis and Kathleen M. Kole

Through a series of newly translated primary sources, Murder and Martyrdom presents the most comprehensive examination of the 1597 uprising of Guale Indians and its aftermath, shedding light on the complex nature of Spanish-Indian relations in early colonial Florida.

Making the World Safe

Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and A Nation's Humanitarian Awakening

By Julia Irwin

Making the World Safe offers an insightful account of the American Red Cross, from its founding in 1881 by Clara Barton to its rise as the government's official voluntary aid agency. It shows that the story of the Red Cross is simultaneously a story of how Americans first began to see foreign aid as a key element of foreign relations.

Asaba Massacre

The Asaba Massacre: Trauma, Memory, And The Nigerian Civil War

By S. Elizabeth Bird and Fraser M. Ottanelli

Drawing on archival sources from both sides of the Atlantic and interviews with survivors of deadly attacks in Nigeria, The Asaba Massacre offer an interdisciplinary reconstruction of the history of the Asaba Massacre, redefining it as a pivotal point in the history of the Nigerian Civil War.

Stories of the South

Stories of the South: Race and the Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865-1915

By K. Stephen Prince

Stories of the South argues that the recasting of the South's image around the romanitization of the Lost Cause was as important as political competition and economic striving in turning the South and the nation away from the egalitarian promises of Reconstruction and toward Jim Crow.