Office Hours

Tuesdays 1:00 - 3:30, and by appt.





Justin Behrend

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 307
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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Justin Behrend has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth Century U.S.
  • African American
  • Emancipation
  • Civil War
  • Atlantic World Slavery

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

Publications and Professional Activities


  • Southern Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
Fall 2014 Classes

AMST 201:
U/Top-AmSt:Civil War Memory

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    This course will be an interdisciplinary investigation of major influences on and developments in American culture. Each semester there will be a focus on one chronological period, but a variety of to
    pics will be covered. Such topics could include gender, religion, race, social movements and conditions, and artistic and literary developments. The course will emphasize student use and study of period writings and cultural materials; there will be guest lectures by faculty outside the departments of the instructors to enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the course. Offered once yearly
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HIST 240:
S/St-EuropHist:War in 20th Cen

    A study of a particular topic in European history. Topics could be defined either by time or space: the history of Spain, the scientific revolution, liberation movements, and the Baltic states are pos
    sible areas that might be offered. (May be taken for credit twice under different subtitles.) Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 391:
Sr Sem:19th Cen Amer History

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    A seminar focusing on a topic, or related group of topics in European, United States, and/or non-Western history. The seminar will incorporate in-class discussion of historiographic questions as well
    as independent research related to the selected topic(s). Prerequisites: one 300-level history course or permission of the instructor; and for History majors, HIST 220 and HIST 221. Offered every fall & spring semester
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INTD 105:
Wr Sm:The Underground Railroad

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    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course
    in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.
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