Joshua D. Rothman

Joshua Rothman

Dr. Joshua D. Rothman

Professor /
Director, Summersell Center for the Study of the South
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2000

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth Century America
  • Southern History
  • Race and Slavery
  • Social and Cultural History


Courses Taught

  • American South to 1865
  • American South, 1865-1929
  • American Civilization to 1865
  • Slavery in American Popular Culture, 1845-Present
  • Reform Movements in Antebellum America
  • The Nineteenth Century American West
  • Proseminar and Seminar on Southern History, 1776-1865 (Graduate)
  • Proseminar in United States History since 1877 (Graduate)
  • Literature of American History to 1865 (Graduate)
  • Proseminar and Seminar in United States History to 1877 (Graduate)

Recent Publications

  • Flush Times & Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012).
  • “The Contours of Cotton Capitalism: Slavery, Speculation, and Economic Panic in Mississippi, 1832-1841,” in Seth Rockman and Sven Beckert, eds., Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming).
  • Reforming America, 1815-1860: a Norton Documents Reader (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010).
  • “‘The Hazards of the Flush Times: Gambling, Mob Violence, and the Anxieties of America’s Market Revolution,” Journal of American History 95 (December 2008): 651-77.
  • Notorious in the Neighborhood: Sex and Families across the Color Line in Virginia, 1787-1861(Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003).
  • “Hardly Sallygate: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Sex Scandal That Wasn’t,” in Juliet A. Williams and Paul Apostolidis, eds., Public Affairs: Politics in the Age of Sex Scandals(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004): 101-33.
  • “‘Notorious in the Neighborhood’: An Interracial Family in Early National and Antebellum Virginia,” Journal of Southern History 67 (February 2001): 73-114.
  • “James Callender and Social Knowledge of Interracial Sex in Antebellum Virginia,” in Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture, eds. Jan Lewis and Peter S. Onuf (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1999): 87-113.
  • “‘To Be Freed from Thate Curs and Let at Liberty’: Interracial Adultery and Divorce in Antebellum Virginia,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 106 (Autumn 1998): 443-81.

Current Projects

Awards and Honors

  • Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2015-2016.
  • Short-term Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2015-2016.
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2015-2016.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, 2015-2016.
  • Woest Fellowship, Historic New Orleans Collection, 2015-2016.
  • Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, 2015-2016.
  • Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award, Southern Historical Association, 2013.
  • Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award, Gulf South Historical Association, 2013.
  • Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2015-present.
  • Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2008-2009.
  • American Antiquarian Society-National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, Worcester, Massachusetts, 2005-2006.
  • Outstanding Book Award, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, 2004.
  • Joel Williamson Research Stipend, Manuscripts Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Libraries, Summer 2003.
  • Faculty/Independent Scholar Summer Research Fellowship, Deep South Regional Humanities Center, Tulane University, May-October 2003
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