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The research and writing interests of history department faculty at the University of Rochester fall into three spheres of inquiry:

  • The world of nations—emphasizing the complications of government, nationalism, war, and power
  • The world of goods—concentrating on commerce and trade, the supporting institutions, and the consequence of various modes of production and consumption
  • The world of knowledge—focusing on the production and uses of ideas

 Our faculty’s scholarly work crosses geographic, periodic, and thematic boundaries as a result. Some examples include:

  • African history, the Atlantic world, and East Asian history
  • Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean (1000s–1400s), early modern (1400s–1700s), and modern (1800–present)
  • War and revolution, environmental history, and maritime history

View the faculty list for more information about individual research interests and expertise.

Notable Faculty Books

Book Cover - Urban Slavery

Pablo M. Sierra Silva, April 5, 2018

Enemies in the Plaza

Thomas C. Devaney, April 24, 2015

Exploration: A Very Short Introduction

Stewart A. Weaver, January 20, 2015

Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution

Thomas P. Slaughter, June 10, 2014

The Saint & the Chopped-up Baby

Laura Ackerman Smoller, January 28, 2014

Comrades in Health

Theodore M. Brown, July 2, 2013

The Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 1995, second edition, 1997, third edition 2006).

Dorinda Outram, February 28, 2013

Encyclopedia of Energy

Morris Pierce, October 15, 2012

The Quest for Health Reform

Theodore M. Brown, October 5, 2012

In the Eye of All Trade

Michael J. Jarvis, June 1, 2012

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Daniel Beaumont, July 1, 2011

The Kirov Murder and Soviet History

Matthew E. Lenoe, July 1, 2010

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes with Maurice Isserman (2008)

Stewart A. Weaver, February 23, 2010

The Holy Warrior: Knighthood and Religion

Richard W. Kaeuper, July 22, 2009

Twentieth-Century Multiplicity

Daniel H. Borus, December 16, 2008

The Beautiful Soul of John Woolman

Thomas P. Slaughter, September 16, 2008

Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America

Joan S. Rubin, April 10, 2007

Panorama of the Enlightenment (Thames and Hudson, November 2006)

Dorinda Outram, November 6, 2006

The End of Chidyerano: A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi

Elias C. Mandala, October 7, 2005

Democratic Hope: Pragmatism and the Politics of Truth (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005).

Robert B. Westbrook, September 1, 2005

Why We Fought: Forging American Obligations in World War II (Washington: Smithsonian Press, 2004).

Robert B. Westbrook, July 1, 2004

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Matthew E. Lenoe, May 17, 2004

Legislating the French Family

Jean Pedersen, July 8, 2003

Exploring Lewis and Clark

Thomas P. Slaughter, January 14, 2003

Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England

Joseph E. Inikori, June 10, 2002

Redskins, Ruffleshirts and Rednecks

Mary Young, May 15, 2002

Slave of Desire

Daniel Beaumont, May 1, 2002

Thomas Paine

Thomas P. Slaughter, November 17, 2000

Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe

Richard W. Kaeuper, December 23, 1999

The Natures of John and William Bartram

Thomas P. Slaughter, October 20, 1998

In Face of the Facts: Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Robert B. Westbrook, January 28, 1998

Bermuda's Architectural Heritage

Michael J. Jarvis, January 1, 1998

The Hammonds: A Marriage in History (1997).

Stewart A. Weaver, December 1, 1997

Making Medical History

Theodore M. Brown, February 10, 1997

"To Have and to Hold": Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina

Larry E. Hudson, January 1, 1997

The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny

Richard W. Kaeuper, June 1, 1996

William Bartram: Travels and Other Writings

Thomas P. Slaughter, March 1, 1996

History, Prophecy, and the Stars

Laura Ackerman Smoller, July 5, 1994

John Dewey and American Democracy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991).

Robert B. Westbrook, January 5, 1993

The Making of Middlebrow Culture

Joan S. Rubin, March 1, 1992

Bloody Dawn: Race and Violence in the Antebellum North

Thomas P. Slaughter, October 24, 1991

Writing Realism

Daniel H. Borus, November 1, 1989

War, Justice and Public Order: England and France in the Later Middle Ages

Richard W. Kaeuper, May 5, 1988

John Fielden and the Politics of Popular Radicalism 1832-1847 (1987).

Stewart A. Weaver, September 17, 1987

The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution

Thomas P. Slaughter, September 4, 1986

In October 2016 a Humanities Project event, 'Looking Like the Enemy', reviewed the experiences of the more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in remote relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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