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Faculty and Staff

Matthew J. Clavin
Professor of History


Office: 561 Agnes Arnold Hall

Professor Clavin writes and teaches in the areas of American and Atlantic history, with a focus on the history of race, slavery, and abolition. He received his Ph.D. at American University in 2005 and is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.


Professor Clavin teaches both halves of the United States survey course as well as a wide variety of upper level and graduate courses in early American and Atlantic history, from the earliest days of colonization through the late nineteenth century.

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Research Interests

Professor Clavin’s most recent publication is The Battle of Negro Fort: The Rise and Fall of a Fugitive Slave Community. He is also the author of Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers, and Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: The Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution. He has authored several articles and chapters on race, slavery, and memory in Civil War HistoryEarly American StudiesFlorida Historical QuarterlyJournal of Southern HistorySlavery and Abolition, and several anthologies.

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Selected Publications