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Fields & SpecialtiesEighteenth Century Atlantic World, British Empire
1988: Oriel College, Oxford University. Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.)
1987: Oriel College, Oxford University. Modern History M.A.
1982 Oriel College, Oxford University. Modern History B.A.
1979: Columbia University, New York (School of General Studies).
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2003 Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello.
- Fellowship program and forums
- International conferences
- The Jefferson Library
- Adult Enrichment Programs.
- Teacher education seminars
- Archaeology department
- Research department
- Documentary editing department of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Retirement Series (published by Princeton University Press).
Professor of American History, University of Virginia.
2002 Professor of American History, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
1997 Associate Professor of American History, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh (tenured).
1990-97: Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of American History, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
1989-90: Visiting Assistant Professor of American History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
1988-89: Master, Eton College, Windsor, Berkshire.
1988: Teacher, The Forest School, London.
1987-90: Tutor for Davidson College (North Carolina), Summer Program in Eighteenth Century Studies, Wolfson College, Cambridge University.
1986-87: Lecturer, Lincoln College, Oxford University.
1982-87: Tutorials given for St Edmund Hall, St John's, Oriel, Queen's, Lincoln,and Somerville Colleges (Oxford University).
2008 Elected member of the American Antiquarian Society.
2007 Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society
2003 Rosebush Professorship, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
1998 AAL Endowed Professorship, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
1996- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
2001-02: Barra Senior Research Fellowship at The McNeil Center for EarlyAmerican Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Full Year Sabbatical Leave.
1996: Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowship, William L. ClementsLibrary, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Summer).
Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (summer).
1995: Copeland Colloquium Fellowship, Amherst College, Massachusetts (Spring Semester).
1993-94: University of Wisconsin System Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Honorary Member of the Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
1986-87: Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.
1998: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development, Individually Planned Program (two course release for Spring Semester).
1995: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant (July and August) for primary research in Britain.
1993: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant (August) for primary research in Britain.
1992: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant (June and July) for primary research in Britain.
1991: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Grant (June and July) for primary research in Boston and Philadelphia.
1985: British Academy Travel Scholarship (awarded for primary research in the Leeward Islands).
Scholarships and Merit Awards
1985-86: Oxford University Alfred Beit Senior Research Scholarship inCommonwealth History.
1983: Oriel College Bishop Fraser Scholarship.
1982-85: Major State Studentship (British Academy).
1982: Oxford University Robert Herbert Memorial Essay Prize: "A Planter Family and the Decline of the West Indian Sugar Industry: The Payne Estates of St. Kitts and Nevis."
1979-82: Exhibition, Oriel College, Oxford University.
Teaching and Professional Development
2004: 33rd Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
2003: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Faculty Development Team Teaching Award to teach Honors Final Seminar with Dr. Jeanie Grant Moore in the Department of English.
2001: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Vander Putten International Fund to sponsor trip to Barbados to set up study program at Codrington College, University of the West Indies.
2000: Liberty Fund Colloquium "Liberty and the Rights of Englishmen in Eighteenth Century-Jamaica," directed by Jack Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, the Johns Hopkins University, sponsored by the Liberty Fund Inc., at The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island, May 4-7.
1998: Liberty Fund Colloquium: "Liberty and the Cultivation of the Rights of Englishmen in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Barbados and the Leeward Islands," directed by Jack Greene, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, the Johns Hopkins University, sponsored by the Liberty Fund Inc., at Charleston, South Carolina, December 10-13.
1997: International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800: "Ideas of Empire, Imperial Politics, and Governance of Colonies. The European Powers in America, 1500-1800," directed by Bernard Bailyn at Harvard University, August 17th to August 28th.
Faculty/Undergraduate Collaborative Research Grant, to work with Aaron Palmer (currently at graduate student at Georgetown).
1993: National Endowment For the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers: "Social and Economic History of the Plantation Complex 1450 to 1890" directed by Philip D. Curtin, Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, June 6 to July 30.
1991: ROTC Military History Fellowship at the United States Military Academy, West Point (Summer).
2010. “Chester E. May Teacher of the Year Award for 2009,” awarded by the Virginia Society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
2009: “The Teacher of the Year Award,” Thomas Jefferson Chapter (Charlottesville) of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, May 6.
1998: Inspirational Faculty Member Award from the Order of Omega and the Greek Community of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, First All Greek Awards Banquet, April 24.
1996: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Distinguished Professor Award for Outstanding Teaching.
“The Men Who Lost America” (forthcoming, Yale University Press).
An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean, (University Press of Pennsylvania, Spring 2000). A main alternate designate selection of the History Book Club and “book of the month” in the BBC History Magazine (vol. 2, no. 6, June 2001, p.54). Third Printing (2004).
“The Old World, New World: America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson” co-edited with Leonard J. Sadosky, Peter Onuf and Peter Nicolaisen (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010).
“The Arming Of Slaves During the American Revolution,” co-authored with Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University, The Arming of Slaves: Classical Times to the Modern Age, eds. Christopher Brown and Philip Morgan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), 180-208.
“ ‘If others will not be active, I must drive:’ George III and the American Revolution,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2, no.1 (Spring, 2004), 1-47.
“Was George III partly to blame for the American Revolution?” History in Dispute Series: The American Revolution, ed. Keith Krawczynksi (Columbia, SC: Gale Research Inc., 2003).
“Was the British Caribbean sympathetic to the American Revolution?” History in Dispute Series: The American Revolution, ed. Keith Krawczynksi (Columbia, SC: Gale Research Inc., 2003).
“The Other Road to Yorktown: The St. Eustatius Affair and the American Revolution,” Maryland Historical Magazine 97, 1 (Spring, 2002), 33-61.
"Eric Williams as Economic Historian," Capitalism & Slavery Fifty Years Later. Eric Eustace Williams – A Reassessment of the Man and His Work, eds. Heather Cateau and S.H.H. Carrington (New York: Peter Lang, 2000), 99-118.
"The Formation of a Commercial Lobby: the West India Interest, British Colonial Policy and the American Revolution," The Historical Journal 40, no.1 (1997), 71-95.
"The West India Interest and the Crisis of American Independence,” West Indies Accounts: Essays on the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy in Honour of Richard Sheridan, ed. Roderick A. McDonald (Kingston: Jamaica, The Press Universities of West Indies, 1996), 126-149.
"Redcoats and Slaves in the British Caribbean," Parts Beyond the Seas: The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion, eds. Stanley Engerman and Robert Paquette, (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1996), 105-127.
"The Stamp Act Crisis in the British Caribbean," William and Mary Quarterly 3rd ser., vol. LII (April 1994), 203-225.
"James Anthony Froude. Nineteenth Century Historian," History Review, 17 (December 1993).
"Absentee Control of Sugar Plantations in the British West Indies," co-authored with Christopher Cowton of Templeton College, Oxford University, Accounting and Business Research, 85 (1991), 33-47.
Prefaces and Introductions
Foreword, Light and Liberty. Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge, ed. Robert M.S. McDonald (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012).
Preface for Shaping the Body Politic. Art and Political Formation in Early America, ed. Maurie D. McInnis and Louis P. Nelson (University of Virginia Press, 2011).
Foreword, Thomas Jefferson, the Classical World, and Early America, ed., Peter S. Onuf and Nicholas P. Cole (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011), pp. ix-x.
“Afterword,” Seeing Jefferson Anew: In His Times and Ours, ed. John B. Boles and Randal L. Hall (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. 2010), pp. 195-200.
Preface in Religion, State, and Society. Jefferson’s Wall of Separation in Comparative Perspective, ed. by Robert Fatton, Jr. and R.K. Ramzani (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), vii-x.
“British West Indies,” “West Indies,” and “Jamaica,” The Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History, ed. Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard Alan Ryerson, 5 volumes (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2006).
“St. Lucia,” “Nicaragua,” “St. Kitts,” “St. Lucia,” “The Bahamas,” and “The West Indies/Caribbean” in the American Revolution,” Encyclopedia of the American Revolution by Mark Mayo Boatner, Harold E. Selesky (Editor), 2 volumes (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Thomson-Gale, 2006).
“The Caribbean,” Landmarks of the American Revolution by Mark Mayo Boatner, (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Thomson-Gale, 2006).
“Rex Nettelford,” and “The Declaration of Independence,” Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas, ed. Colin Palmer (Macmillan Reference Books: 2006).
“The Sugar Act,” Encyclopedia of the New American Nation ed. Paul Finkelman (Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Thomson-Gale, 2005).
“Quartering Act,” “Stamp Act,” “Declaratory Act” and the “Townshend Duties,” Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History: A Multidisciplinary Encyclopedia, ed. William Kauffman (Santa Barbara, C.A: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 2005).
"Charles Bosanquet (1769-1850)," "Christopher Codrington (fl.1660-1698),” "Samuel Long (1638-1683)," “Thomas Atwood” (d.1793) and "Sir Ralph Payne, Lord Lavington (1738-1807)," New Dictionary of National Biography, ed. H.C.G. Mathew (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
"Mayflower" and "Sam Adams," Oxford Companion to United States History, ed. Paul S. Boyer (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
"Empire and Imperialism," "Africa," "Taxes and Tariffs," "West Indies," and "West India Interest," Britain in the Hanoverian Age, 1714-1837: An Encyclopedia, ed. Gerald Newman (New York: Garland Press, 1997).
Book Review: Contrary Voices: Representations of West Indian Slavery, 1657-1834, ed. Karina Williamson (Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2008), Lady Margaret Hall. The Brown Book (Lady Margaret Hall Association, University of Oxford, April 2010), 112-114.
“Celebrating the Founders,” a review essay of Bernard Bailyn, To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003 and John Ferling, A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, LXI, no. 3 (July 2004), 573-577.
Selywn Carrington, The Sugar Industry and Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1775-1810. University Press of Florida, 2002. Slavery and Abolition 25:1 (April, 2004).
David J. Siemers, Ratifying the Republic: Antifederalists and Federalists in Constitutional Time. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. Wisconsin Political Scientist, IX, no. 1 (Spring, 2003), 18-19.
Harlow Giles Unger, John Hancock. Merchant King and American Patriot, New York: Wiley, 2000. The Historian, 64 no. 3/4 (2002), 783-785.
Eliga H. Gould, The Persistence of Empire, Chapel Hill: 2000. The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, muse.jhu.edu/journals/cch (volume 2, Issue 3, 2001).
Robin F.A. Fabel, Colonial Challenges: Britons, Native Americans, and Caribs, 1759-1775, University of Florida Press, 2000. H-Net Book Review, H-Albion@h-net.msu.edu (Friday, May 4, 2001).
“The Fate of Yankee Doodle.” John Resch, Suffering Soldiers, Revolutionary War Veterans, Moral Sentiment and Political Culture in Early America, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1999. Reviews in American History, 29, no. 1 (March, 2001), 35-40.
Richard Buel Jr., In Irons. Britain's Naval Supremacy and the American Revolutionary Economy, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. Left History, 6, no. 2, (Fall, 1999), 153-154.
Donald Harman Akenson, If The Irish Ran The World. Montserrat, 1630-1730, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997. The International History Review, XX no.4 (December, 1998), 968-970.
Karen Kupperman, Providence Island, 1630-1641: The Other Puritan Colony, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, 69 no. 3&4 (1995), 340-342.
Philip Curtin, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex, New York, Cambridge University Press, 1990. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 22 (Summer, 1991), 133-134.
Robert Beddard ed., The Revolutions of 1688, Oxford University Press, 1991. Oriel College Record (1991), 87-88.
C.A. Bayly, Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World 1780-1830, Longmans, London 1989. History Sixth, 5 (October, 1989), 55-57.
A.L. Rowse, Froude the Historian. Victorian Man of Letters, Gloucester, Alan Sutton, 1987. Oriel College Record (1988), 39.
The First Salute. St. Eustatius and the British defeat at Yorktown,” Colonial Williamsburg Magazine (Fall, 2010).
“Transatlantic Revolutionaries: Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine,” Reform Review. 104 Pall Mall, no. 19 (Summer 2010), pp. 11, 13.
“The Loyal Colonies: The British Caribbean and the American Revolution,” Colonial Williamsburg Magazine (Spring 2010), 56-61.
“Staying the Course. George III and the Revolutionary War,” Colonial Williamsburg Magazine, Winter 2008.
“International Center for Jefferson Studies,” Uncommon Sense. A Newsletter Published by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, 118 (Spring, 2004), 12-18.
The Changing Face of War, Commentary on article by Stephen Conway on the American War of Independence (1775-83), Wiley-Blackwell Online Conference, http://wileyblackwellexchanges.com, November 19. 2011.
“Lord George Germain and the British Conduct of the American War of Independence,” The Society for Military History, 79th Annual Conference, Arlington Virginia, May 11, 2012.
“The Men Who Lost America: British Politicians and Generals,” America’s History LLC, A Conference on the American Revolution, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, March 24, 2012.
“British Leadership and the American Revolutionary War,” Richard S. Dunn Symposium, Autumn General Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, November 17, 2011.
“British Leadership during the Revolutionary War: Sir Henry Clinton as Commander-in-Chief in America,” Society for Military History Annual Conference, Lisle Illinois, June 10, 2011 (Presented in absentia).
“Lord North and Conciliation with America,” University of Virginia Early American Studies Seminar, December 6th, 2007.
“Lord North,” McNeal Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, series of visiting guest speakers arranged by Professor Michael Zuckerman, March 28th, 2007.
British initiatives in Spanish America during the American Revolution.” Current Debates and Fresh Directions in British Imperial History: An Historical Workshop in honor of Peter J. Marshall, King’s College, London University, June 26th, 2003.
“Arming Slaves in the American Revolution,” Organization of American Historians, Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, April 4th, 2003.
“ ‘If others will not be active, I must drive:’ George III and the American Revolution,” The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, The David Library of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania, September 6th, 2002.
“The Irish in the Caribbean, 1624-1776,” Conference of Irish Exile and Resettlement, 1600-1800, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, in association with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, Annapolis, Maryland, October 21, 2001.
“Rethinking the American Revolution in an Atlantic World: The British Caribbean Perspective,” The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, July 14, 2001.
"The Other Road to Yorktown: The St. Eustatius Affair, Illicit Trade in the British Caribbean and the American Revolutionary War,” The Historical Society, Boston University, May 28, 1999; Social Science History Association, Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, Texas, November 13, 1999, The Library Company of Philadelphia, May 17, 2000.
"The British Caribbean and the American Revolution: The Colonies that Did Not Revolt," Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, June 5-7, 1998.
"A Prosopographical Study of the Legislatures of the British Caribbean and South Carolina 1763-1783," Twenty-Second Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Washington D.C., October 16, 1997; Eighteenth Century Modern History Seminar, Oxford University, May 18, 1999.
"Winning the Initiative: The Assemblies of the British Caribbean before 1776," International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, August 17, 1997; The Atlantic World Seminar in Modern History, Oxford University, May 11, 1999.
"English Corners of a Foreign Land: The British in the Caribbean before the American Revolution," History Workshop Seminar, University of Minnesota, May 9th, 1997; University of Wisconsin-Madison Early American History Group, September 26, 1997; The North American Conference on British Studies, Annual Meeting, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California, October 31, 1997; Imperial History Research Seminar, The Institute of Historical Research, London University, February 28th, 2000.
“Eric Williams as Economic Historian,” Conference on Capitalism and Slavery Fifty Years Later: Eric Williams and the Post-Colonial Caribbean, sponsored by the University of the West Indies; the W.E. DuBois Institute for Afro American Research (Harvard University); the Collegium for African American Research (Europe), and the Department of African Studies, Cornell University at the St. Augustine Campus, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, September 26, 1996.
"Anglo-Caribbean Radicalism in 1760s," Institute of Early American History and Culture, First Annual Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, June 2-4, 1995.
"The Black Military Presence in the American Revolution: A British Caribbean Perspective," Seminar of the Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, April 25, 1995.
"The Formation of a Commercial Lobby: the West India Interest, British Colonial Policy and the American Revolution," Mid-West Conference of British Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, October 29, 1994.
"The Influence of Slaves and Maroons on Planter Politics in the British Caribbean on the eve of the American Revolution," 48th International Congress of Americanists, Stockholm, Sweden, July, 1994.
"The West India Interest and the American Revolution," University of Wisconsin-Madison Early American History Group, February 25, 1994.
"Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean: the Morgan Paradox Upturned," the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 23, 1992.
"West Indian Sons of Liberty," 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians, March 31, 1992, Nassau, Bahamas.
"John Stanley and the American Revolutionary War in the British Caribbean," 25th Duquesne University History Forum, October 25, 1991, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Commentator and Moderator
Chair, “The Ancient Past in Personal and National Constructions,” European Early American Studies Association biannual conference at the University of Paris-Diderot, December11, 2010.
Chair, “Explorations in Intellectual History,” The Historical Society Annual Conference, George Washington University, Washington DC June 5th, 2010.
Chair of panel session “Family and Intimate Relations,” European Early American Studies Association, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, December 13, 2008.
Commentator, Conceptions of Empire in British America, 1643-1783, Annual Meeting of the Organization of American History, March 29, 2008.
Chair of panel session “Reconsidering the Origins of the American Revolution,” 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington D.C. January 5, 2008.
Chair of panel session “The People, The Mob, or a Few Persons in Power: Reinterpreting the Meaning of the American Revolution,” Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, 29th Annual Meeting, Worcester, Massachusetts, July 20, 2007.
Chair, panel session “Empire and Nation, Federalism and Sovereignty,” Legacies of Founding: The heritage of early American democracy in contemporary times; Central European University Speaker Series, Budapest, Hungary, March 5, 2007.
Chair of the Jefferson panel at the “Jefferson, Lincoln, and Wilson: The Dilemma of Democracy and Race, Fourth Biennial Woodrow Wilson National Symposium, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, the Jessie Ball Dupont Fund and the family of Dr. Frank Pancake, The Woodrow Wilson Library, Staunton Virginia, September 15th, 2006.
Chair of panel session “Rethinking Jefferson’s Politics, 1800-1815,” SHEAR (Society of Historians of the Early American Republic), University of Montreal, Canada, Annual Meeting, July 22nd, 2006.
Discussant “Thomas Jefferson for Today Conference,” Panel on Human Rights, TCU, Fort Worth, TX, April 21st, 2006.
Chair of panel session at Oxford/UVA Conference, Lincoln College, Oxford University, March 5th, 2006.
“Needs and Opportunities for the Study of the British West Indies to 1834,” cosponsored by the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, and the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, William and Mary College, June 13-14th, 2003.
”Ratifying the Republic,” commentary on David J. Siemers, Ratifying the Republic. Antifederalists and Federalists in Constitutional Time (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002), Wisconsin Political Science Association. Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, October 11, 2002.
Moderator and discussant, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, sponsored by the Office of the State Historian and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, September 17th, 2002.
Commentator and chair for session entitled “Race, Class and Social Structure,” The Structure of Colonial Societies 1500-1825, The International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University August 5-15, 2002.
Commentator for session entitled the “Military Uses of Slaves in New World Revolutions,” The Arming of Slaves from the Classical Era to the American Civil War, An International Conference, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut, November 16-18, 2000.
Commentator for session entitled "Stepping out from the shadow of Lord Sheffield: Countering the Economic Problems posed by the Independence of the United States," Fifth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, June 12, 1999.
Chair for session entitled "Slave Traders and the Slave Trades," Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 21, 1998.
Moderator and discussant, Ian K. Steele, Betrayals, Fort William Henry and the "Massacre" (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), in series entitled "Looking for the Middle Ground: Indians and Europeans in Colonial North America," Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison, sponsored by the Office of the State Historian and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, February 24, 1998.
Moderator and discussant, Michael Kammen, Spheres of Liberty. Changing Perceptions of Liberty in American Culture (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986), Waupaca Public Library, Wisconsin, sponsored by the Madison State Historical Society Bill of Rights Bicentenary Series, September 28, 1993.
Moderator. Mid-West Local History Society, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, November, 1993.
Commentator for a session entitled "War and Imperial Rivalry," Hamilton College, New York, Conference on the Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Humanities, October 9-11, 1992.
Special Guest Lectures:
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, April 25, 2012.
Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society Program, Charlottesville, October 31, 2011.
The Society of Cincinnati (Virginia Chapter) Annual Lecture at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Grace Street Theater, Richmond, October 26, 2011.
Summer Seminar Series, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, June 16, 2011.
The Society of Cincinnati Annual Lecture at Hampden-Sydney College, March 25-26, 2011.
International Board Meeting of Ogilvy and Mather, Jefferson Library, January 19, 2011.
“George Washington and Thomas Jefferson: Contrasting Visions of the New Republic,” George Washington Teachers’ Institute, High School Teachers, Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia, July 23, 2010.
America on the World Stage: A Global Perspective to U.S. History, Seminar for teachers in Virginia, University of Virginia Center for Digital History in association with the US Department of Education A Teaching American History Grant, March 22, 2010.
“The American Founders and their World,” Continuing Studies’ course with Jack Rakove and Edie Gelles, Stanford University, May 5, 2009.
“Jefferson and Monticello,” A Special Lecture Series at the University of Virginia by the Scholars at Monticello, University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
“The Declaration of Independence: A Global View,” Gilder Lehrman Seminar, directed by David Armitage of Harvard University, August 2nd, 2007; August 6th, 2008; August 5, 2009; June 30, 2010; July 7, 2011.
“The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson,” Gilder Lehrman Seminar, directed by Doug Wilson, University of Virginia, July 21, 2008.
Annual Monticello-Stratford Hall Summer Seminar for Teachers, Leadership and Life in Revolutionary America, sponsored by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association Inc., Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. and the University of Virginia (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).
November 5th, 2005: “Cornwallis: Washington’s Admirable Adversary,” The George Washington Symposium (Washington and His Generals. The Personalities that Determined the Outcome of the Revolutionary War), Mount Vernon, Fairfax, Virginia, November 5th, 2005.
October 18th, 2005: “An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean” The Atlantic World in the Age of Revolutions, A Symposium, Großer Fesaal, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria.
History of Virginia to 1865 Class HIUS 328, University of Virginia, October 4th, 2005.
“The End of British America,” a series of four lectures, Oxford Discovery Program on Queen Mary II, on voyage from Southampton to New York, University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education, May 22nd-28th, 2005.
History of Virginia to 1865 Class HIUS 328 (Professor William Thomas) University of Virginia, October 6th, 2004.
Faculty member and lecturer for “The Unpleasantness in the Colonies: The American Revolution,” The 2004 University of Virginia/Monticello American Revolution Seminar, Woodlands Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 22-26, 2004.
American Revolution History Class (Dr. Kathleen DuVal), University of Pennsylvania, March 7th, 2002.
“Canada-US. Comparative Historical Perspectives,” Symposium on Canadian American Relations, The University of New Brunswick, March 16th, 2001.
"Teaching Abroad: The Cambridge Experience," College of Letters and Science, Focus on Pedagogy Teaching Symposium, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, co-presented with Professor Jeanie Moore of the Department of English, April 27, 1999.
"Teaching the New Student," College of Letters and Science, Focus on Pedagogy Teaching Symposium, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, co-presented with Professor Paul Klemp of the Department of English, October 23, 1996.
The John Carter Brown Library, Fellows Luncheon Chats, Brown University, July 10, 1996.
Caribbean History Class (Professor Mavis Campbell), Amherst College, Massachusetts, May 1995.
American Revolution Class (Professor Jean Lee) University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 21, 1994.
Multicultural Program, University of Wisconsin Center, Marinette County, Wisconsin, October 4, 1994.
Wisconsin Centers' Annual Conference of History Professors, Madison, Wisconsin, April 15, 1994.
Institute for Research in the Humanities, Madison, Wisconsin, February 28 and March 1, 1994.
American Revolution Class (Professor Edward Countryman), Southern Methodist University, Department of History, Dallas, Texas, March 17, 1992.
"From First to Second Empire: The British Empire 1760-1832," Davidson College North Carolina Summer Program, Wolfson College, Cambridge University, August 10 1988; August 16, 1989.
"English Society in the Eighteenth Century: An Open Elite?" Oxford/Cambridge History Conference, Wellington College, October 22, 1988.
"Archives in the British Caribbean", American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, February, 18, 1987.
"An Absentee West Indian Planter: Sir Gillies Payne of Tempsford in Bedfordshire and St. Kitts in the West Indies," Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, Bedford Town Library, January 6, 1982.
“The British & the 1781 Virginia Campaign,” in lecture series on “Virginia in the Revolution” at the Senior Center, hosted by Rick Britton, Senior Center, Charlottesville, March 15, 2012.
The English-Speaking Union (ESU) of the Sandhills, Pinehurst, North Carolina, May 9, 2102.
Speaker and discussant for Northside Books “Sandwiched-In” series on the subject of Maya Jasanoff’s Liberty’s Exiles. American Loyalists in The Revolutionary World (2011) at the Northside Branch of the Jefferson Madison, Regional Library, Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, January 20, 2012.
The History of Kenwood,” An Evening of Wine, Music and History sponsored by Forbes and co-hosted by Sun Trust, Kenwood, Charlottesville, November 7 , 2010.
Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Greencroft Club, Charlottesville, October 7, 2010.
Westminster-Canterbury Men’s Group, Charlottesville, September 7, 2010.
US Consulate, Sydney, Australia, April 23, 2009.
English Speaking Union, Farmington Club, Charlottesville, March 1, 2009.
Sons of the American Revolution, Charlottesville, Virginia, October 4th, 2007.
Hampton History Museum, Hampton, Virginia, October 4, 2004.
The Women’s Tuesday Club, Neenah, Wisconsin, March 4th, 2003.
Northwest Territory Alliance (Historical Re-enactors), Symposium on Revolutionary America, 1765-1789, in association with the College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, April 24, 2001.
The Women’s Tuesday Club, Neenah, Wisconsin, February 27, 2001.
Winchester Academy, Waupaca Wisconsin, February.19, 2001.
The David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, May 18, 2000.
The Retired Learning Community, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, April 30th, 2000.
"Teaching Abroad: The Cambridge Experience," co-presented with Professor Jeanie Moore of the Department of English, April 27, 1999; Mini-Day 1999, The Enchantment of Britain, September 22, 1999, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Division of Continuing Education and Extension.
Oshkosh Correctional Institution, "Operation Outreach: Opening Minds, Taming Hearts," October 29, 1996.
Candlelight Club, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, January 19, 1996.
Hogarth Society Annual Lecture in Eighteenth Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, April 24, 1996.
20th Century Club, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, November 12, 1995.
Historical Re-enactors, Trade Fair, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, February 26, 1994.
Winnebago County Historical and Archaeological Society, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, November 21, 1993.
Service to Professional Organizations:
2009. Selection Committee for the Editor of the George Washington Papers.
2008- Scientific Committee of the European Early American Studies Association
2008-2011 Member of the Board of The University Press of Virginia.
2007 Juror 2008 George Washington Book Prize Award. C.V. Starr Center.
2007- Advisory Board of the Founding Fathers' Libraries Project.
2006-08 Program Committee of the American Historical Association for the 2008 Annual Conference, Washington DC.
2006 Program Committee: Smithsonian Conference on Invention and Democracy in the Age of Franklin, “Inventing America: The Interplay of Technology and Democracy in Shaping American Identity,” November 3 & 4, 2006, University of Virginia.
NEH consultant to Shakespeare on the Fox Community Outreach project in Wisconsin.
2005-McNeil Center for Early American Studies Advisory Council, Philadelphia.
2005-2009 Editorial Board, Journal of the Early Republic, Society of historians of the Early Republic (SHEAR) 2005-.
2003- Board of Advisers of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Center for the Study of the American Constitution, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 2003- Coordinating Board, Princeton University Press, Thomas Jefferson Foundation and Princeton University, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 2003-
Advisory Board, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, (Retirement Series), Princeton University Press.
Co-editor of Jeffersonian American Series, University of Virginia Press.
1997-2004 Associate Editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
2012 Reader of book manuscript for Yale University Press (US).
2011 Reader of book manuscript for the University of Virginia Press.
Reader for the William and Mary Quarterly.
2009. Reader of book proposal for Yale University Press (US).
2008. Reader of book proposal for Yale University Press (US) and Oxford University Press (UK)
2007. Reader of book proposal for Yale University Press (US).
2006 Reader of proposal for a book series for Pickering & Chatto Publishers.
2004 Reader of book manuscript for Princeton University Press.
2000 Reader of book manuscript for Cambridge University Press,.
2002 Reader of article manuscript for The Historian.
2001 Reader for the William and Mary Quarterly.
1999 Reader for the William and Mary Quarterly.
1998 Reader for the William and Mary Quarterly.
1997 Reader for the William and Mary Quarterly and for the Journal of Commonwealth and Imperial History.
1996. Reader for the Journal of Commonwealth and Imperial History.
1990 Reader of book manuscript for St Martin's Press (New York).
1992 Reader for the journal of Accounting, Business and Financial History..
1988-1998 Advisor and American subscription editor of History Review (U.K.)
Jefferson series, History Channel interview, Jefferson Library, Monticello, April 25th, 2010.
“American Icons: Monticello,” Interview with Amanda Aronczyk, producer, Studio 360, National Public Radio, Kenwood, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, December, 15.
“The Foundation for The National Archives Records of Achievement Awards 2009. Annette Gordon Reed,” film Interview, presented 75 Anniversary, Annual Gala, Washington DC., September 16th, 2009.
“First in War: George Washington and the American Revolution,” Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. October 21 broadcast by free satellite on the education network for High School students, 2009.
“Mornings with Margaret Throsby,” ABC Classic FM, a one hour interview on national radio, Sydney, Australia, April 20, 2009.
C-Span, hosted Annette Gordon Reid for the launch of The Hemingses of Monticello. 2008.
“La Fabrique de l'Histoire” program on Radio France, December 17, 2008
Television interview in programs on Lord Cornwallis and the Marquis de Lafayette for series entitled “George Washington’s Generals,” The History Channel (Cosgrove-Meurer production company), Los Angeles, which were shown on December 30th at 12.00pm and 1.00am, 2006.
UK documentary on the Founding Fathers and America, Wildfire TV (London) for Chanel 4, interviewed by Tony Robinson, April 25, 2006.
Monticello Podcast “Exporting Jefferson’s Legacy: The Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies,” in association with Sean Tubbs, producer, partially funded by a National Museums Online grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Interview with WINA-AM 170 (radio) on Monticello, Jefferson and the Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, June 24th, 2005.
Who’s Who in America (New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who’s Who, 2005).
Joanne DiMaggio, “The World In Charlottesville. Organizations with a global focus pick up where Mr. Jefferson left off,” Images of Charlottesville Virginia, sponsored by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (2005), pp.18-19.
David Dadurka, “Amid tiny details, clues to Jefferson and his times,” The Daily Progress (June 2nd, 2004), pp. A1, 9.
Laura Parsons, “Hill historian. O’Shaughnessy’s Revolution,” The Hook, vol. 3, no. 7 (February 19-25, 2003), pp. 28-29.
Heather La Roi, “Caribbean Connection. A UWO professor’s book sheds new light on the American Revolution,” The Post Crescent, October 9, 2000, D 7-8.
Heather LaRoi, “History in the Making: Historians are hoping that movie-goers will get more than just entertainment from this summer’s hot release The Patriot,” The Post Crescent, Friday, June 30, 2000, C1-2.
Janet Keck, "Vibrant Stories Found in History's 'Blank' Pages," Community (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Alumni Magazine, Fall/Winter 1997), pp. 14-16.
Janet Keck, "A Sweet Prelude to Bitter Conflict," Context (October 1997), pp. 4-8.
Interview for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student recruitment video, May 1997.
"Chancellor's Report," thirty minute television interview with Chancellor John Kerrigan of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Titan Television and Community Access, April 1997.
Gina Mangan, "A Unique Perspective. Englishman teaches U.S. history" Oshkosh Northwestern (January 26, 1997) C.1.
Janet Keck, "Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy. Distinguished Teaching Award" Context (1996), 39.
Nicole Bunge, "Oshkosh Professor Receives Royal Historical Society fellowship," Advanced-Titan, February 12, 1997, 2.
Gina Mangan, "IRA cease-fire a 'welcome step.' Two UW-O professors watch conflict," Oshkosh Northwestern (September 1, 1994), 1.
Laura Fisher, "Living among the masses. Professor seldom home but finds residence life suitable," The Daily Campus (Southern Methodist University), March 29, 1990, 75:103, 1.
Radio Lesser Antilles (Caribbean) interview in St. Kitts on research work conducted in the Leeward Islands, February 1985.
University Service (University of Virginia)
2009 Selection Committee for the Editor of the George Washington Papers.
2003 Ph.D. Dissertation Committee (Robert Parkinson), University of Virginia,
Department Service (University of Virginia):
Faculty Review Committee (2006).
Comps Exams (2005).
University Service (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh):
Chair of the Committee of Chairs of the Social Science Division of the College of Letters and Sciences, 2000-1.
UW-Oshkosh/University of New Brunswick Exchange Program.
Faculty Associate (Dorms).
Sorority Adviser (Phi Mu).
Minority Student Advisor.
Extra-Departmental Faculty Mentor.
Departmental Service (University of Virginia):
UVA faculty review committee (2006): Maya Jasanoff.
Departmental Service (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh):
Chair (Fall, 1998 –Fall 2003)
Acting Chair (Fall, 1997)
Faculty Selection Committee (Chair 1996-97; Chair 1992-1993 in search for two positions; committee member 1995-6, 1999, 2000).
Advising Coordinator (1992).
Budget Committee (Secretary 1990-2; Chair 1992-).
Scholarship and Awards Committee (Chair 1995-6).
Departmental Faculty Mentor
External Examiner for the Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy, Andrew David Struan, “’Judgement and Experience?’ British Politics, Atlantic Connexions and the American Revolution,” Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Glasgow, March 24, 2010.
2002 Dissertation Fellowship Committee of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
2002 Fellowship Committee of the David Library of the American Revolution.
2001 Judge for the 14th Annual Appleton The Post-Crescent Academic All-Stars Recognition Program.
2000 (Spring) and 1999 (Spring) Founder/Director University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Semester Abroad at Hughes Hall (College), Cambridge University. The program won the College of Letters and Sciences’ Curriculum Innovation Award. A video, entitled The Cambridge Experience, hosted by Kathleen Dunn of National Public Radio, in which students discussed their experience of study abroad with film footage of the trip, won an Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Association of Public, Education and Government Channels (WAPC).
2000 Evaluator for textbook Taking Sides. Clashing Views on Controversial American History, Volume I, The Colonial Period to Reconstruction (Dushkin/McGraw Hill, 8th edition).
1997- Committee for commemorating Eric Williams, historian of the Caribbean and first President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The committee includes Erica Williams Connell; John Hope Franklin; Colin Palmer of the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York and Barbara L. Solow of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University.
1997 President of the Candlelight Club (the centennial year of the Oshkosh debating society).
Research/script writer for "Great Confrontations from the Oxford Union" shown on PBS 1985-87 and a worldwide audience of 12 million.
President of the Oriel College (Oxford University) Middle (Graduate) Common Room, 1983-84.