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F  1:00 - 2:00





Justin Behrend

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 13F
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

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Justin Behrend has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @justin_behrend.

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth Century U.S.
  • African American
  • Civil War and Emancipation

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2015)
  • “Black Political Mobilization and the Spatial Transformation of Natchez” in Confederate Cities: The Urban South During the Civil Era, edited by Andrew L. Slap and Frank Towers (University of Chicago Press, 2015), 190-214.
  • “Fear of Reenslavement: Black Political Mobilization in Response to the Waning of Reconstruction” in Rethinking American Emancipation: Legacies of Slavery and the Quest for Black Freedom, edited by William A. Link and James J. Broomall (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • “Facts and Memories: John R. Lynch and the Revising of Reconstruction History in the Era of Jim Crow,” Journal of African American History 97, no. 4 (Fall 2012): 427-448.
  • "Rumors of Revolt," New York Times, September 15, 2011
  • "Rebellious Talk and Conspiratorial Plots: The Making of a Slave Insurrection in Civil War Natchez," Journal of Southern History 77, no. 1 (February 2011): 17-52.
Fall 2015 Classes

HIST 355:
Slave Rebellion&Res-New World

    This course examines slave rebellions and resistance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in a wide variety of locales, including the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. Our goals
    will be to examine what constitutes a slave rebellion, how resistance differed from rebellion, how revolts were organized, how they impacted local communities as well as nation-states, and how various forms of resistance altered slaveholder power. This course will give you a sense of what slavery was like in the New World, and how historical events, such as the French and Haitian revolutions, altered slave regimes, and how slave rebels shaped the abolitionist movement. In addition, we will explore how historians have interpreted the fragmentary evidence on revolts and conspiracies. Prerequisites: HIST 301 and HIST 302 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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HUMN 221:
H/Western Humanities II

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from 1600 to the present. The course is factual as well
    as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered. Prerequisite: Humn 220.
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