Sturges Hall 307
1 College Circle Geneseo, NY 14454
Justin Behrend has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2007.
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Nineteenth Century U.S.
Atlantic World Slavery
Awards and Honors
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
Publications and Professional Activities
“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.
I am working on a book, Reconstructing Democracy: African Americans in the Making of Democracy in the Post-Civil War South, that is under contract with the University of Georgia Press.
Southern Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
HIST 263: S/U/Civil War/Reconstr:1848-77
A study of the causes and course of the American Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction with an emphasis on the political and cultural aspects and implications. Topics include slavery and abolition, sectionalism, the breakdown of the party system, the war itself as experienced by both soldiers and civilians, political and military leadership, the course of Reconstruction, the conflicts generated by Reconstruction, and the ambiguous legacy of the entire period for American culture. Not offered on a regular basis
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 220 and HIST 221 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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.