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I am an historian of early America. My first book, Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina (Cornell, 2002), is about racism in the 18th century. It focuses on the interactions of ordinary people in a slave society, and on the way their intimate relationships (and the treatment of these in court) made racial difference seem increasingly real. My current research is about freethought in the early Republic. I am writing a book about Elihu Palmer, an ardent advocate in New York of some of the most radical ideas coming out of the European Enlightenment. In 2011/12, I was a Fulbright scholar at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany. In April 2011, I was honored with the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!
Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.
Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.
Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.
Congratulations, Giancarlo!April 1st, 2014