Office Hours

MWF 10:00 - 11:00



 The Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Keynote Address will be presented by Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons on January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Alice Austin Theater.


Justin Behrend

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 4
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

  • McLemore Prize for best book in Mississippi History, 2016
  • 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)
  • “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, 2016), 146-163.
  • “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.
  • “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.
Spring 2016 Classes

HIST 163:
S/U/African Am History to 1877

    This course will explore major events, people, and issues pertaining to African-American history to 1877, including the Atlantic slave trade, the African-American experience in slavery and in freedom
    from the colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the impact of slaves and free blacks on colonial, early national, and antebellum history. Not offered on a regular basis
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HONR 207:

    This seminar will provide students the opportunity to examine distinct, overlapping, and shared cultural identities, traditions, and experiences. Each seminar will explore a selected topic through th
    e lens of at least two of the following: race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. Seminar topics may focus on national, international, and/or transnational issues. Typical titles might be: Gender, Culture, and International Development; Religion and Class in Northern Ireland; and African American Migration Narrative. May be repeated more than once only with permission from director of the Honors Program. Prerequisites: HONR 202 or permission of program director. Offered once per year
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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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