James Patrick Ambuske

James Patrick Ambuske

Instructor

Advisor: Peter S. Onuf

Office: 396 Nau Hall

Email: jpa4ad (at) virginia.edu

Fields & Specialties

Era of the American Revolution and the Early Republic, Scotland and the American Revolution, Digital Humanities.

EDUCATION:

Ph.D.  University of Virginia, History, expected graduation, May 2015                                      Dissertation: Scotland's American Revolution: Emigration and Imperial Crisis, 1763-  1803  Advisor: Peter S. Onuf, Corcoran Department of History                                                                              Readers: S. Max Edelson, Sophia Rosenfeld

M.A.   Miami University, History, December 2006                                                                                              Thesis: Minting America: Coinage and the Contestation of American Identity, 1775-1800    Advisor: Andrew R. L. Cayton                                                                                                                                        Readers: Carla Pestana, Daniel M. Cobb

 B.A.    Miami University, Cum Laude, May 2004                                                                                                    Majors in History and Political Science, Thematic Sequence in Geology, GPA: 3.64

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

 Era of the American Revolution and the Early Republic, Age of Revolutions, British North America in the 18th Century, Scottish-American colonial relations, Scottish Enlightenment and Empire, U.S. Military History to 1900, Native North America, Atlantic World, Ancient Greece and Rome, Digital Humanities.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

 Primary Instructor, University of Virginia:

 A 'Glorious Cause' and an 'Unnatural Rebellion': The American Revolution" (4th Year Seminar) Fall, 2013  - Designed and taught 4th Year Capstone course, oversaw 13 senior theses.  

Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia:

Revolutionary France, 1770-1815, Fall 2013 with Prof. Sophia Rosenfeld (upper division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions for 60 students

 Greek and Roman Warfare, Spring 2012 with Prof. J.E. Lendon (upper division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions for 51 students.

 U.S. Military History, 1600 1900, Spring 2012 with Gary W. Gallagher (lower division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions for 57 students.

 The Age of Thomas Jefferson, Fall 2011 with Peter S. Onuf (upper division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions and guest lectured for 54 students.

 Palestine, 1948, Fall 2011 with Prof. Alon Confino (lower division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions and guest lectured for 60 students.

 American Intellectual and Cultural History, Spring 2011 with Prof. Elizabeth Varon (upper division course) -Led three weekly discussion sessions for 45 students.

 Ancient Greece, Fall 2010 with Prof. J.E. Lendon (lower division course) - Led three weekly discussion sessions for 52 students.

Teaching Assistant, Miami University:

 World History Since 1500, Spring 2006 with David Fahey (lower division course) -Led two weekly discussion sessions for approximately 50 students.

 United States to 1865, Fall 2005 with Andrew R.L. Cayton (lower division course) - Led two weekly discussion sessions for approximately 50 students.

 United States Since 1865, Spring 2005 with Allan M. Winkler (lower division course) - Led two weekly discussion sessions for approximately 50 students.

 United States to 1865, Fall 2004 with Andrew R.L. Cayton (lower division course) -Led two weekly discussion sessions for approximately 50 students.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

 Graduate Research Assistant, MapScholar, December 2012 - Present                                                              An NEH funding project to develop a web-based program to display and interact with historical map collections. http://www.viseyes.org/mapscholar

 Digital Humanities Research Assistant, Papers of the Founding Fathers Early Access Project, May 2012 - Present                                                                                                                                                                                              An NHPRC and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities project to publish online correspondence from six major Founding Fathers that has yet to appear in the modern letterpress editions. http://documentscompass.org/projects/papers-of-the-founding-fathers/

 Associate Editor - Articles, Essays and History, September 2011 - Present                                                        An online-only academic journal containing scholarly articles and book reviews published by the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. http://www.essaysinhistory.com

HONORS & SCHOLARSHIPS:

 MapScholar Graduate Research Assistantship, Spring 2014                                                                       University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History and NEH

Buckner W. Clay and Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures Fellow, 2013-2014              University of Virginia Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Foreign Research Fellow, Fall 2013                                    University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, 2013                                                                                                                University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Corcoran Department of History Graduate Teaching Award, 2012-2013 (Nominated, 2010-2011)  University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History

Nominee for University-Wide Graduate Teaching Award, 2012-2012                                                University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center

Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fall 2012                                                                                                          University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2012  University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2011                                                                                  University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs Travel Award, Spring 2010                                    University of Virginia

Travel Grants, 2005 and 2006                                                                                                                                              Miami University Department of History

REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS:

 Review of Chopra, Ruma, Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution in Essays in History (2012). 

 Review of Jarvis, Michael, In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783 in Essays in History (2011).

 "The Fur Trade, 1500s-1800s," in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

 “The Great Awakening,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

 “John Quincy Adams,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

 “Shays’ Rebellion,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011). 

 “Stumbling into History,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

“‘To Make Our Age What It Should Be’: Contesting Liberty and Power in the Literary Societies of Miami University, 1860-1861,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

 ‘“Worthy of the Name of an American’: David Swing’s War Eulogy of Minor Millikin,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS: 

 "The Attachment of our Common People to their Native Country is Enfeebled or Destroyed":     Emigration and Imperial Crisis in Scotland, 1770-1775." Early American Seminar,  University of Virginia, April 16, 2013.

 “The Spirit of Emigration”: Scottish Emigration and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1763-1775. Annual Meeting of the American Society for  Eighteenth Century Studies. Cleveland, Ohio. April 5, 2013.

 "MapScholar: The Digital Possibilities of Interdisciplinary Studies."  18th Century Studies Symposium. Charlottesville, Virginia. March 1, 2013.

 “The ‘Mischief of Emigration’: Scotland and the American Colonies in the  Revolutionary Atlantic World.” Early American Seminar, University of Virginia November 16, 2010.

 “Making Cents of a Region: The West and American Coins.” The 46th Annual Meeting of the Western Historical Association. St. Louis, Missouri. October 14, 2006.

 “18th Century Ideology in the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolutionary War: A Discussion Primer for Secondary and Collegiate Level Students.” The Ohio Council for the Social Studies.  Columbus, Ohio.  April 8, 2006.

 “Minting America: Coinage and the Contestation of National Identity in the Early Republic, 1775-1795.”  The John A. Barnes Club Conference at Temple University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 1, 2006.

 “War and the ‘Classic Shades of Miami’: David Stanton Tappan, Miami   University, and the American Civil War.” The Paul Lucas Conference in History. Bloomington, Indiana. March 25, 2006.

INVITED LECTURES:

 "Jamestown and the Foundations of America," "Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe: Charlottesville's Founding Fathers," and "The American Civil War"  Lectures on early American History organized by the University of Virginia International  Studies Office, delivered to visiting Chinese undergraduates from various Shanghai  universities. July 16-19, 2013; January 20-26, 2013; July 20, 24-25, 2013.

PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIC SERVICE:

 Co-Chair, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History Graduate Student Liaison         Committee, 2012 - 2013.

 Co-Director for  “Teaching History at the University of Virginia,” for the Corcoran Department of History’s First Annual Teaching History at the University of Virginia: A Workshop for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors, August 2012.

 Manuscript Reviewer for Essays in History, Spring 2011.

 Chancellor of the Exchequer, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History Graduate     History Students' Association, 2010 - 2011.

 Local Arrangements Committee- Beyond Red Power: New Perspectives on American Indian Politics and Culture: The McClellan Symposium on American History, Department of History, Miami University, May 2006.

Masters Student Representative - Department of History Graduate Studies Committee, Miami University, 2005-2006.

ON-SITE ARCHIVAL EXPERIENCE:

Intensive research conducted in the Library of Congress, the National Archives of the United States, the North Carolina State Archives, the Southern Historical Collections, the National Archives of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Great Britain, the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, the Special Collections Library and Archives at Miami University.

DIGITAL ARCHIVAL EXPERIENCE:

Intensive research conducted in selective archives, including The American Founding Era Collection, America's Historical Newspapers, 1690 - 1900, American Periodicals Series, Burney Collection Newspapers - 17th and 18th Century, Early American Imprints Series I and II, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, 1701-1800, American Memory Project: Library of Congress, British History Online.

NON - ACADEMIC EXPEREIENCE

Director of Special Projects for University Advancement, Miami University, 2006 - 2009.

 Responsible for conducting fund raising research, auditing Miami University Foundation   and Endowment accounts for compliance with donor intentions, and overseeing a multi- city traveling historical exhibition and speaker series in celebration of the university's   bicentennial in 2009.  

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCIES:   

 Spanish  (reading)

 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

 American Society for 18th Century Studies 



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