John Henry MacCracken professor of history
206 Ramer History House
(610) 330-5170

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Special interests: early American history; legal and constitutional history; race and the law

Selected publications:

“Slavery, Race, and Outlawry: The Concept of the Outlaw in Nineteenth-Century Abolitionist Rhetoric,” American Journal of Legal History 58, no. 1 (Mar. 2018): 126-156

“The Concept of Piracy in Nineteenth-Century American Abolitionist Rhetoric,” Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies 38, no. 4 (Dec. 2017): 697-718

Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood  (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015) link

American Indians and State Law: Sovereignty, Race, and Citizenship, 1790-1880 (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007)

Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws,1607-1789, editor, with Alden T. Vaughan, of volume XVII: New England and Middle Atlantic Laws (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 2004)

Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws,1607-1789, editor, with Alden T. Vaughan, of volume XVI: Carolina and Georgia Laws (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1998)

Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws,1607-1789, editor, with Alden T. Vaughan, of volume XV: Virginia and Maryland Laws (Bethesda, Maryland: University Publications of America, 1998)

Courts and Commerce: Gender, Law, and the Market Economy in Colonial New York (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1997)

Honors:  Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement (2017); Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy (2016); Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association for best book in U.S. legal history (2016); Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Award for superior teaching and scholarly contributions (2008); Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award (2001); Jones Lecture Award for distinguished teaching and scholarship (1997).