Early American History

at the University of Georgia

The prize-winning historians in the History Department at UGA are making it one of the premiere research universities in the United States for the study of early American history at either the Masters or Doctorate level. Each semester, the program's early Americanists offer interesting and unique classes covering such topics as African-American, agrarian, cultural, economic, intellectual, legal, religious, and ethno-history. The libraries at UGA contain many outstanding collections for research, including a diverse range of Early American imprints and newspapers.

The Faculty


Peter Hoffer (Ph.D. Harvard 1970; Distinguished Research Professor) Early American, and legal history.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: The Devil's Disciples: The Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials (1996); The Salem Witchcraft Trials: A Legal History (1997); Law and People in Colonial America, revised edition (1998); The Great New York Conspiracy: Slavery, Crime, and Colonial Law (2002); Sensory Worlds of Early America (2003); Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, and Fraud in the Writing of American History (2004); The Brave New World: A History of Early America, second edition (2007); The Supreme Court: An Essential History (co-author, 2007).

Allan Kulikoff (Ph.D. Brandeis 1976; Abraham Baldwin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities) Southern History, Early American History, and agrarian history.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: Tobacco and Slaves: The Development of Southern Cultures in the Chesapeake 1680-1800 (1986, winner of the AHA's Dunning Prize and the SHA's Simkins Award); The Agrarian Origins of American Capitalism (1992); From British Peasants to Colonial American Farmers (2000).

Stephen Mihm (Ph.D. New York University 2003; Assistant Professor of History) Economic, cultural, intellectual, and Early American history.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: Co-editor with with Katherine Ott and David Serlin, Artificial Parts, Practical Lives: Modern Histories of Prosthetics (2002); A Nation of Counterfeiters: Capitalists, Con Men, and the Making of the United States (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Claudio Saunt (Ph.D. Duke 1996; Richard B. Russell Professor in American History) Native American and Early American history.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816 (1999); Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (2005, winner of the Clements Prize for the best non-fiction book on Southwestern America); “The Paradox of Freedom: Tribal Sovereignty and Emancipation during the Reconstruction of Indian Territory,” The Journal of Southern History 70 (February 2004): 63-94; “Telling Stories: The Political Uses of Myth and History in the Cherokee and Creek Nations,” Journal of American History 93 (Dec. 2006): 673-97.

Michael Winship (Ph.D. Cornell 1992; E. Merton Coulter Chair and Professor of History) Colonial America; Religious and cultural history of early New England.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS: Seers of God: Puritan Providentialism in the Restoration and Early Enlightenment (1996); Making Heretics: Militant Protestantism and Free Grace in Massachusetts, 1636-1641 (2002); The Times and Trials of Anne Hutchinson: Puritans Divided (2005).

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