Professor of History; Professor of History
BA, University of Rochester, 1973; Ph.D., Yale University 1979
KJCC 53 Washington Square South Room 710 New York, NY 10003
Field of Study:
The Nineteenth Century World; Slavery, Emancipation, and Race; History of the American South; History of Capitalism; African-American History; History of Popular Politics
Pulitzer Prize Board, Society of American Historians, Organization of American Historians, Southern Historical Association, American Historical Association
My scholarship has focused on the politics of people of humble station, white as well as black, on the development of capitalism and its relation to political rebellion and social change, on international and comparative approaches to the history of the United States, and, most recently, to more fully integrating the South, West, and Pacific into the history of the nineteenth century.
Pulitzer Prize in History (2004), Bancroft Prize in American History (2004), Frederick Jackson Turner Prize in History (1984), Allan Nevins Prize (1980), John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1990), Fellow at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford CA (1994-95), Rogers Distinguished Fellow in the Nineteenth Century, Huntington Library, Pasadena CA (2016-17); NEH Research Fellowship (2012); American Council of Learned Society Fellowships (1981,1987)