VCEA 2018 Program

Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists 4th Annual Meeting

January 27th, 2018, University of Richmond

9:30Breakfast/Coffee Available


Graduate/Undergraduate Opportunity:  Thinking about Career Diversity with Emily Swafford, Manager of Academic Affairs, American Historical Association and Liz Covart of the OI’s Ben Franklin’s World and “Doing History: To The Revolution!” Podcast series.


Welcome:  Rosemarie Zagarri, University Professor of History, George Mason University and 2018 VCEA Program Committee Chair

Introduction, Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute    

Keynote: Edward L. Ayers, University Professor and President Emeritus, University of Richmond, “From Digital is Marginal to Digital is Central:  Reflections on Digital History”


Lunch:  Find a Topical Table to Join

1pm-2:15 Sessions

 Panel A: “Innovative Methods in Early American History”

Max Edelson, University of Virginia, Chair

Cathleene Hellier, William & Mary, “The ‘Legitimized Geography’ of Enslaved Male Domestics in Eighteenth-Century Virginia”

Morgan McCullough, William & Mary, “Bedmates: Enslaved Women, Beds, and Bodies in Eighteenth Century South Carolina”

Stephanie Seal Walters, George Mason University, “A Nest of Tories: A Digital Analysis of Loyalist Communities in Virginia during the American Revolution”

Panel B: Lightning Round Talks

Cynthia Kierner, George Mason University, Chair

Michaela Kleber, William & Mary, “The Sexual Politics of Colonization: French Imperialism among the Illinois”

Claire Barnewolf, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Castillo de San Marcos: The Seal on Native Erasure in Colonial Florida”

Lindsay Keiter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, “Elite Black Sheep in the Early Republic”

Caylin Carbonell, William & Mary, “Women and Household Authority in Early New England”

Dan Howlett, George Mason University, “Salem Networks”

Elizabeth Wood, William & Mary, “The Family Politic: Race, Gender, and Belonging in Old Virginia”

Katie Lantz, University of Virginia, “Indigenous History and American Myth: Anishinaabeg and American Cultures, 1790-1840”

2:15-2:45: Break

 2:45-4pm: SESSIONS 2

Panel C: “Case Studies in Early American History”

John Pagan, University of Richmond, Chair

Marcus Nevius, University of Rhode Island, “’employed to work in the Great Dismal Swamp’: Edmond Boothe’s Brief Story of Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Nineteenth Century”

Victoria Glover, Virginia Commonwealth University, “For King or Country: Jacobites in the American Revolution”

Mark Mulligan, William & Mary, “Marching Across Canaan: Evangelical and Sephardic Itinerancy in Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island”

Session D: Intensive Workshop (Closed Session)


Kristen Beales, William & Mary, “’Little Buisnesse & yet many mercyes’: Merchant Religion in Commercial Places, 1730-1750”

Francis Bell, William & Mary, “’Thrown into this Hospitable Land:’ French Refugees in Virginia, 1793-1810”

Holly Gruntner, William & Mary, “Botany and the Early American Family”

Jason Sellers, University of Mary Washington, “Hudson Valley Indians and the Ecological Self“


Rosie Zagarri, George Mason University; Doug Winiarski, University of Richmond; Chris Grasso, William & Mary; Ryan Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University; Samantha Seeley, University of Richmond; Rebecca Brennon, James Madison University; Sarah Meacham, Virginia Commonwealth University; Carolyn Eastman, Virginia Commonwealth University

4:30pm– Happy Hour at Beijing on Grove, 5710 Grove Ave, Richmond