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Welcome Brett Rushforth!

Brett Rushforth joins the history department at the University of Oregon in the fall 2016 term, after teaching for a decade at the College of William & Mary. He is a scholar of early American and Atlantic history who specializes in slavery, race, and the law in the French Atlantic world. His most recent book, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France, uncovered the hidden history of French colonists enslaving Native North Americans by the thousands in the 1700s, sending captive Sioux, Apache, and other Indians to a life of slavery in Montreal, Quebec, and even the French Caribbean. In 2013-14, Bonds of Alliance was named the best book in American social history by the Organization of American Historians (Merle Curti Award), the best book on the history of French colonialism by the French colonial historical society (Boucher Prize), the best book on the history of European expansion by the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI Biennial Book Prize), and the best book in French Cultural Studies (Wylie Prize). He is currently at work, with Christopher Hodson, on a broad history of the French Atlantic world, tracing France’s involvement in West Africa and the Americas from the 1400s to the early 1800s.

Professor Rushforth is a highly sought-after lecturer and has been invited to speak at many of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, McGill, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Brown, NYU, USC, UCLA, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame. He also serves as the book review editor for the William and Mary Quarterly, the leading scholarly journal for the study of early American history and culture. Rushforth is also committed to public outreach, leading workshops for high school AP history teachers, consulting with the National Park Service on site interpretation, and working with the editors at Slate to bring his research on the enslavement of Native Americans to a broader audience.