Justin Behrend

Professor of History
Doty Hall 206
585-245-5587
behrend@geneseo.edu

Professor Behrend is a scholar of the Reconstruction era. Follow him on Twitter @justin_behrend

Dr. Justin Behrend, professor of history, has been on the SUNY Geneseo faculty since 2007. His research interests include nineteenth-century U.S. history, African American history, Atlantic World slavery, and Southern history. Dr. Behrend is the author of Reconstructing Democracy: Black Grassroots Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War and articles on slave rebellions, emancipation, and Reconstruction. He was the department chair from 2017 to 2022.

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Justin Behrend

Office Hours

On sabbatical for Fall 2022

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D. in History, Northwestern University

Publications

  • Reconstructing Democracy: Black Grassroots Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015)

  • “When Neighbors Turn against Neighbors: Irregular Warfare and the Crisis of Democracy in the Civil War Era,” in Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation, ed. David W. Blight and James Downs (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017), 90-103.

  • “Facts, Memories, and History: John R. Lynch and the Memory of Reconstruction in the Age of Jim Crow” in Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America's Most Turbulent Era, edited by Carole Emberton and Bruce E. Baker (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017), 84-108.

  • "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.

More About Me

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

Websites

Black Politicians Database

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

American Memory

After Slavery

Without Sanctuary