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Gregory D. Wiker

Track: PhD, 2019
Advisor: Michael Jarvis

Major Fields: American History
Minor Fields: British Empire, Public History

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Bermuda, Slavery, Freedom, Emancipation, Inequality, Equality, Charity, Friendly Societies, Segregation, Education, Law, Policing, Prisons, Mental Health, Asylums, Poor Relief, Poor Houses, the Black Atlantic, and the Atlantic World.


Breaking the Chains: Black Bermudians' Struggle for Emancipation and Equality, 1784-1859


M.A., History, University of Rochester, 2016
M.A., History, Millersville University, 2013
B.S.Ed., Social Studies, Millersville University, 2009

Selected Publications

  • Magazine Articles:
  • "Edwin Wood and the Establishment of Bermuda's 'Lunatic Hospital'", MARITimes (Forthcoming, Fall 2017).
  • "Sisters vs. the Revolution: The Stockdale Sisters and Bermudian Allegiance during the War of 1812", MARITimes 30.1 (Spring 2017): 12-14.
  • Book Reviews:
  • Nina Simon, The Art of Relevance (Santa Cruz, CA: Museum 2.0, 2016) Heritage & Society (2017): DOI: 10.1080/2159032X.2017.1346166.
  • Paul A. Gilje, To Swear Like a Sailor: Maritime Culture in America, 1750-1850 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016) The Nautilus: A Maritime Journal of Literature, History and Culture 8 (Spring 2017): 80-82.


  • Teaching Assistant, History 161: United States History since 1865 (Spring 2016)
  • Teaching Assistant, History 229: England and Ireland since 1500 (Fall 2015)


  • Walter L. Arnstein Graduate Essay Award, Midwest Conference on British Studies (2017)
  • Travel Grant, Midwest Conference on British Studies (2017)
  • Research Grant, Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (2017)
  • Research Grant, Susan B. Anthony Institute (2017)
  • VanDeusen Award, University of Rochester Department of History (awarded to one student in support of research for their dissertation) (2016, 2017)
  • Travel Grant, University of Rochester Department of History (2016)
  • Slattery Fellowship, University of Rochester (2013-2018)


  • Before attending the University of Rochester, I spent my first two years out of undergrad working as a substitute teacher and another two years completing my M.A. in History at Millersville University. I also volunteered at the National Museum of Bermuda during summers and some winters. At the museum, I worked on educational projects, creating teaching resources for local educators.
  • After I defend my dissertation in Spring 2021, I hope to begin a career in secondary education.
  • I am completing my dissertation from afar, but my favorite thing about Rochester is that my apartment was within walking distance of a Chipotle. Also, it was often overwhelming (in a good way) to live in a place with great pizza after 26 years in South Central PA. My favorite thing about the University is the delightful faculty and staff and my supportive fellow graduate students.