Gellman, David N., Ph.D.
History, Harrison Hall, Room 233
Professor of History
Research Interests I am a political historian with particular interest in slavery, abolition, race, reform, and citizenship. My primary research focus to date has been on emancipation in the revolutionary and early national periods, culminating in the publication of a monograph on the abolition of slavery in New York and a document collection on the debate over race and citizenship in New York from the American Revolution through Reconstruction.
I also have launched a long-term multi-generational biographical project with the working title "Liberty's Legacy: The Jay Family and Slavery Across Four Centuries." This study investigates a prominent American family's public and private engagement with slavery and abolition from the colonial period to the early twentieth century. In addition, I am currently at work with co-author Timothy Shannon on a textbook entitled American Odysseys: A History of Colonial North America, 1492-1763, which is under contract with Oxford University Press. Finally, my interest in Bruce Springsteen's relationship to American culture has led to the publication of two essays in scholarly collections.
These research pursuits rest on a broad foundation of teaching interests that range from the conquest of the Americas to the modern American city.
Courses Regularly Taught:
HIST105: American Experience: Abolishing Slavery
HIST105: American Experience: Unsolved Colonial Mysteries Current Syllabus Link
HIST197: FYS: Declaration of Independence Current Syllabus Link
HIST263: Founding US Civilizations Current Syllabus Link
HIST264: Nineteenth Century US Current Syllabus Link
HIST281: African & the Black Diaspora
HIST362: Voices of a Revolutionary Age Current Syllabus Link
HIST373: Chicago and New York Current Syllabus Link
HIST490: Senior Seminar
Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom 1777-1827;(Louisiana State University Press, 2006). Link to LSUPress Website
Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877; co-author, David Quigley (New York University Press, 2003).
Contributed an essay entitled "Going Nowhere: Bruce, the Beatles, Neil Young, Talking Heads and Others" to Bruce Springsteen and the American Soul: Essays on the Songs and Influence of a Cultural Icon; Edited by David Garrett Izzo (McFarland Publishing, 2011). Link to McFarland Website
Journal of the Early Republic/Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (2001) Winner of the Ralph D. Gray Prize for outstanding article appearing in Volume 20; "Race, the Public Sphere, and Abolition in Late Eighteenth-Century New York."
Choice Outstanding Academic Titles, 2007. Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827 named to American Library Association-sponsored magazine’s list of “the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice in the previous calendar year” (January 2008).
Choice Outstanding Academic Titles, 2004. Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877 named to American Library Association-sponsored magazine’s list of “the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice in the previous calendar year” (January 2005).
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, postdoctoral Associate Fellowship for one-month residence to research(Jan./Feb. 2005).
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship for one-month residence to research(March 2005).
Edwin L. Minar Jr. Scholarship Award recognizing exceptional scholarly achievement by a DePauw University faculty member (2007).
John J. & Elizabeth Bowden Baughman Faculty Fellowship (2009-2010, 2011-2013): Awarded to sustain writing of chapters for book manuscript on Jay family and slavery.
Professional Associations American Historical Association; Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
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