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
  • Atlantic World Slavery
  • Southern History

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, forthcoming 2014).
  • “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.


  • Southern Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
My 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

HIST 221:
Research in History:

    Students will get an intensive introduction to the process of historical research and writing in a seminar setting. This course will acquaint students with research methods, train them to interpret primary sources and lead them through the conceptualization, research, drafting, and rewriting of an historical study. Prerequisites: 9 hours of college-level history credit, at least 3 hours of which must be at Geneseo; or junior standing. Multiple sections offered every fall & spring semester

INTD 105:
Writing Seminar:

    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. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to freshmen.