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  • Amanda Bellows

    Part-time Lecturer

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    Amanda Bellows

    Profile

    Amanda Bellows is historian of the United States in comparative and transnational perspective. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

    Her first book, American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in April 2020. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Global Slavery, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, the New York Times, Talking Points Memo, and the books New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War and Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's Election to the Emancipation Proclamation.

     


    Degrees Held

    Ph.D. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

    M.A. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

    B.A. in History and Political Science, Middlebury College, 2008


    Professional Affiliation

    Member of the American Historical Association (2010-present)

    Member of the Organization of American Historians (2016-present)

    Member of the Southern Historical Association (2010-present)

    Member, British American Nineteenth Century Historians (2011-present)

    Member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2010-present)

    Member of the Society of Civil War Historians (2013-present)

    Member, Historians against Slavery (2015-present)

     


    Recent Publications

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    “Post-Emancipation Representations of Serfs, Peasants, Slaves, and Freedpeople in Russian and American National Art, 1861—1905.” New Literary Observer/Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 6/2016: 7-25

    “Selling Servitude, Captivating Consumers: Images of Bondsmen in  American and Russian Advertisements, 1880—1915.” Journal of Global Slavery, 1/1: 72-112 (2016). 

    Book Contributions

    “‘Let Us Have Peace:’ Selling Reunion and Reconciliation after the Civil War,” eds. Caroline Janney and James Marten, Buying and Selling the Civil War, Forthcoming.

    “How the Civil War Created Football,” in The New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War. Edited by Ted Widmer. New York: Oxford         University Press, 331-334.

    “No Language Like Song,” in Disunion: Modern Scholars and Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln’s Election to tehe Emancipation Proclamation. Edited by Ted Widmer.  New York: New York Times and Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013, 205-208. 

    Web-Based Publications

    “Why Americans Aren’t Always Free — To Vote: A Short History of Voter Suppression in the United States,” Public Seminar, http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/11/why-americans-arent-always-free/.

    "150 Cheers for the 14th Amendment," New York Times, July 9, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/opinion/14th-amendment-african-americans-citizenship.html

    “The First Great African-American Filmmaker: Before Spike Lee and John Singleton, there was Oscar Micheaux,” Talking Points Memo, August 18, 2016, http://talkingpointsmemo.com/longform/oscar-micheaux-african-american-film-makers

    “How the Civil War Created College Football,” New York Times, January 2, 2016, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/how-the-civil-war-created-college-football/

    “Author, Author!” New York Times, March 16, 2016, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/author-author/

    “No Language Like Song,” New York Times, September 16, 2011, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/no-language-like-song/

                                        


    Performances and Appearances

    Podcast interview for “Slavery and Its Legacies, The Gilder Lehrman Center (GLC) for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, https://slaveryanditslegacies.yale.edu/news/dr-amanda-bellows-american-slavery-and-russian-serfdom-after-emancipation.


    Research Interests

    Research interests: U.S. history in comparative and transnational perspective, slavery/emancipation, memory, and popular culture.


    Awards And Honors

    2019          British Library, Eccles Centre Visiting U.S. Fellow in North American Studies.

    2018          Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, One-Month Research Fellowship.

    2016          Bernard and Irene Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York Historical Society and Eugene Lang College at the New School.

    2014          National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, CUNY Grad Center, July 2016.

    2013          Advanced Research Fellowship, American Councils Title VIII Research Scholar Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of State.

     


    Current Courses

    African Am. Hist. since 1865

    First Year Seminar

    Identity in Modern America

    Identity in Modern America

    Independent Senior Project

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2019)

    Public History in NYC

    Soc for US Intell. Hist. Conf

    Word & Image: African Am. Hist (Spring 2019)

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