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MATTHEW MASON

Brigham Young University

Department of History

Provo, UT 84602

801-422-3408

matthew_mason@byu.edu



Education:
Ph.D., History, University of Maryland, 2002

M.A., History, University of Maryland, 1997

B.A., History, University of Utah, 1995 (Magna Cum Laude)


Teaching Positions:
Associate Professor, Department of History, Brigham Young University, Fall 2009 - present

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Brigham Young University, 2003-2009

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University, 2002 – 2003

Instructor, Department of History, Brigham Young University, Summer 2000

Graduate Assistant, Department of History, University of Maryland, 1995-2002


Courses Taught:
U.S. to 1877

The Civil War and Reconstruction / The Civil War Era

The Age of Washington and Jefferson

Senior Seminars – “Race in America,” “Slavery from Ancient to Modern Times,” “Biography”

The Historian’s Craft

American Heritage

Slavery in the United States

U.S. Politics, 1789-1865

British History and Culture

Religion and Politics in Early Modern England



Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa and the Atlantic World


Books:
Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
Editor, with Nicholas Mason, The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson by Edward Kimber (London, 1754; Broadview Press, 2009)
Editor, with John Craig Hammond, Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Bondage and Freedom in the New American Nation (University of Virginia Press, 2011)
Editor, with David Waldstreicher, John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary (under contract with Oxford University Press)
From Knapsack to Gettysburg: Edward Everett, Slavery, the Sacred American Union, and the Coming of the Civil War (under contract with University of North Carolina Press)


Dissertation:
“The Rain Between the Storms: The Politics and Ideology of Slavery in the United States, 1808-1821” – Advisor: Ira Berlin – Finalist for the 2003 C. Vann Woodward Prize of the Southern Historical Association for the best dissertation in Southern history


Journal Articles:
“The Maine and Missouri Crisis: Competing Priorities and Northern Slavery Politics in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming
“A Missed Opportunity? The Founding, Postcolonial Realities, and the Abolition of Slavery,” Slavery and Abolition, forthcoming
“Keeping Up Appearances: The International Politics of Slave Trade Abolition in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, Volume LXVI (October 2009): 809-832
“Federalists, Abolitionists, and the Problem of Influence,” American Nineteenth Century History 10 (March 2009): 1-27
“’The Fire-Brand of Discord’: The North, the South, and the Savannah Fire of 1820,” Georgia Historical Quarterly XCII (Winter 2008): 443-59
“Slavery, Servitude, and British Representations of Colonial North America,” The Southern Quarterly, 43:4 (Summer 2006): 109-125
“Slavery and the Founding,” History Compass 4/5 (2006): 943-55
“’Nothing is Better Calculated to Excite Divisions’: Federalist Agitation against Slave Representation during the War of 1812,” New England Quarterly 75 (December 2002): 531-61 – Winner of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts’ Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History for 2001
“The Battle of the Slaveholding Liberators: Great Britain, the United States, and Slavery in the Early Nineteenth Century,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Series, Volume LIX (July 2002): 665-96
“Slavery Overshadowed: Congress Debates Prohibiting the Atlantic Slave Trade to the United States, 1806-1807,” Journal of the Early Republic 20 (Spring 2000): 59-81
“’The Hands Here are Disposed to be Turbulent’: Unrest Among the Irish Trackmen of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1829-1851,” Labor History 39 (Aug. 1998): 253-72

Other Articles:
“’The Sacred Ashes of the First of Men’: Edward Everett, the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union, and Late Antebellum Unionism,” in W. Fitzhugh Brundage, et al, eds., Memory, History, and Nation-Making in the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War (University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming)
“The Missouri Compromise of 1820,” published May 2013 at “Essential Civil War Curriculum” website – see http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/
“John Quincy Adams and the Tangled Politics of Slavery,” in David Waldstreicher, ed., A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 402-21
“Necessary But Not Sufficient: Revolutionary Ideology and Antislavery Action in the Early Republic,” in Hammond and Mason, eds., Contesting Slavery (University of Virginia Press, 2011), 11-31
“A World Safe for Modernity: Antebellum Southern Proslavery Intellectuals Confront Great Britain,” in L. Diane Barnes, Brian Schoen, and Frank Towers, eds., The Old South’s Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress (Oxford University Press, 2011), 47-65
“From the Collections: A Letter from Joshua Cushman,” Maine History 44 (Oct. 2008): 103-07
“New England” and “Volume,” in Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock, eds., The Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage (Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood Press, 2007), 291-92, 390-92
“Boxley, George,” and “German Coast Uprising (1811),” in Junius P. Rodriguez, ed., The Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion (Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood Press, 2007), 75-76, 213-16
“Congressional Debate on Ending US Atlantic Slave Trade,” and “Federalists and Antislavery,” in Peter P. Hinks and John McKivigan, eds., The Encyclopedia of Abolitionism (Westport, CT, and London: Greenwood Press, 2007), vol. 1 pp. 187-89, 249-51
“Hartford Convention,” “Slavery and Blacks in the Revolution,” and “Slave Labor,” in Paul Finkelman, ed., Encyclopedia of the New American Nation: The Emergence of the United States, 1754-1829 (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005), vol. 2 pp.146-47; vol. 3 pp. 128-29, 391-93
“Complicating Slavery: Teaching with Runaway Slave Advertisements from Northern Colonies,” (with Rita G. Koman) Organization of American Historians Magazine of History 17 (April 2003): 31-34
“Paddy vs. Paddy: Labor Unrest and Provincial Identities along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1849-1851,” in Ken Fones-Wolf and Ronald L. Lewis, eds., Transnational West Virginia: Ethnic Communities and Economic Change, 1840-1940 (West Virginia University Press, 2002), 3-17
“Viewpoint: Civil Rights Movement – Changes Come Through Law,” in Robert J. Allison, ed., History in Dispute, Volume 2: American Social and Political Movements, 1945-2000 (St. James Press, 2000), 22-25

Papers Presented:
Panelist, “Teaching Slavery and Antislavery Now and Then,” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), 19 July 2013, St. Louis, Missouri
“The Ladies’ Candidate: Edward Everett, the Constitutional Unionist Party, and the Election of 1860,” presented at “Massachusetts and the Civil War,” conference at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 6 Apr. 2013
“’The Sacred Ashes of the First of Men’: Edward Everett, the Mount Vernon Fund, and Late Antebellum Unionism,” presented at the Annual Meeting of SHEAR, 15 July 2011, Philadelphia (organized panel)
“The Maine and Missouri Crisis: Time, Space, and Slavery Politics in the United States,” presented at: The 76th Annual Meeting of the Southern Historical Association, Charlotte, N.C., 5 Nov. 2010; and Early American Seminar, University of Virginia, 22 Feb. 2011
“The Slave Power and the Republican Revolution on the High Seas: Domestic Politics and the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade in the Nineteenth Century,” presented at “Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking Through Research, Policy and Practice,” conference at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 29 Oct. 2010
“A Missed Opportunity? The Founding and the Abolition of Slavery,” presented at the Annual Meeting of SHEAR, Rochester, New York, 23 July 2010
“Recent Scholarship on the Politics of Slavery before 1831,” presented at the Sixteenth Annual Conference of British American Nineteenth Century Historians, Madingley Hall, Cambridge, England, 17 Oct. 2009
“’Doughface of Doughfaces’: John Holmes of Maine, Pioneering Northern Man of Southern Principles,” presented at the Annual Meeting of SHEAR, Philadelphia, 20 July 2008 (organized panel)
“The Strange Death of Doughfaceism: The Persistence of the Doughface Ideal in the Civil War Era,” presented at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 3 Jan. 2008
“The Geopolitics of Slave Trade Abolition in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World,” presented at “’The bloody Writing is for ever torn:’ Domestic and International Consequences of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade,” conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Elmina, Ghana, 9 Aug. 2007
“In Defense of the Ulterior: Partisans and Antislavery,” presented at the Annual Meeting of SHEAR, Worcester, Massachusetts, 20 July 2007 (organized panel)
“Defending Against Slavery: The Political Significance of Abolitionists in the Early Republic,” presented at Pennsylvania History Association conference, Philadelphia, 20 Oct. 2006
“The Doughfaces: Northern Men of Southern Principles in U.S. Politics, 1819-1865,” presented at the Front Range Early American Consortium, Salt Lake City, Utah, 14 Oct. 2006
“Slavery, Servitude, and British Representations of Colonial North America,” presented at “Atlantic History: Soundings,” the Tenth-Anniversary Conference of the Atlantic History Seminar, Harvard University, 12 August 2005
“Edward Kimber’s The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson,” presented at the Front Range Early American Consortium, Logan, Utah, 25 Sept. 2004
“Attacking the ‘Covenant with Death’ Across the Generations: The Link Between New England’s Federalists and Abolitionists,” presented at New England Slavery and the Slave Trade conference of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, 22 April 2004
“Defending Against Slavery: The Free States during the Era of Good Feelings,” presented to the Newberry Library Early American History Seminar, 21 November 2002
“The Battle of the Slaveholding Libertarians: The United States, Great Britain, and Slavery in the Early Nineteenth Century,” presented to the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, 15 August 2001
“Labor Supply in the Age of Toussaint: The Decision to Outlaw the Atlantic Slave Trade to the United States,” delivered at the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Savannah, Georgia, 4 March 2000 – won prize for best graduate student paper
“’Paddyism’ on the Railroad: Editors and Neighbors Respond to Violence Among the Irish Trackmen of the Baltimore and Ohio, 1829-1851,” delivered at the American Conference for Irish Studies, Roanoke, Virginia, 15 May 1999


Book Reviews
Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans, ed. by David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis, in Florida Historical Quarterly, forthcoming
A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy S. Greenberg, in Journal of the Early Republic, forthcoming
Freedom Burning: Anti-Slavery and Empire in Victorian Britain by Richard Huzzey, in Journal of Southern History, forthcoming
The Republic in Crisis, 1848-1861 by John Ashworth; and A Political Nation, ed. by Gary W. Gallagher and Rachel A. Shelden, published on H-CivWar, 24 Aug. 2013 (https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=39093)
The Election of 1860 Reconsidered, edited by A. James Fuller, in Civil War Book Review, Summer 2013
“Internationalizing the Civil War,” review essay of The Union War by Gary W. Gallagher; and The Revolution of 1861 by Andre M. Fleche, in History: Reviews of New Books 41 (2013): 51-53
Slavery in the American Republic by David F. Ericson, in Journal of American History 99 (2012): 910-11
The Imperfect Revolution by Gordon S. Barker; and Fugitive Slave on Trial by Earl M. Maltz, in Civil War History 58 (Mar. 2012)
Paths to Freedom: Manumission in the Atlantic World, ed. by Rosemary Brana-Shute & Randy J. Sparks, in New West Indian Guide 86 (2012): 118-19
A Slaveholders’ Union by George William Van Cleve, in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42 (Autumn 2011): 309-10
“Complexity, Change, and the Historiography of the Old South,” review essay of Deliver Us From Evil by Lacy K. Ford; and The Southern Debate over Slavery, Volume 2, ed. by Loren Schweninger, in Reviews in American History 39 (2011): 61-65
Common Bondage by Peter A. Dorsey, in Common-place 11 (Oct. 2010), at http://www.common-place.org/vol-11/no-01/reviews/mason.shtml
The Founding Fathers Reconsidered, by R.B. Bernstein, in American Nineteenth Century History 11 (June 2010): 253-54
“What Shall We Do with the Negro?” by Paul D. Escott, in Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 31 (Winter 2010): 66-69
Southern Sons, by Lorri Glover, in The Southern Quarterly 47 (Fall 2009): 169-172
A Philadelphia Perspective: The Civil War Diary of Sidney George Fisher, edited by Jonathan W. White, in Civil War History 55 (Dec. 2009): 511-13
Slavery, Capitalism, and Politics in the Antebellum Republic, Volume 2 by John Ashworth, in American Historical Review 113 (Dec. 2008): 1540-41
Antislavery Politics in Antebellum and Civil War America, by Thomas G. Mitchell, in Journal of Southern History 74 (Nov. 2008): 968-69
Caribbean Exchanges by Susan Dwyer Amussen, in Journal of American History 95 (Sept. 2008): 499-500
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath by Robert Pierce Forbes, distributed on H-SHEAR discussion network, 1 July 2008
Emancipating New York, by David N. Gellman; and Race and Liberty in the New Nation, by Eva Sheppard Wolf, in Civil War Book Review, Fall 2007
American Taxation, American Slavery, by Robin L. Einhorn, in Journal of the Early Republic 27 (Spring 2007): 157-62
The Sounds of Slavery, by Shane White and Graham White, and How Race is Made, by Mark M. Smith, distributed on H-South discussion network, 30 Jan. 2007
Review essay, “The Barbary Pirates, Islamic Slavery, and the West,” Itinerario 30:2 (2006): 133-38
Toussaint’s Clause by Gordon S. Brown, in The Southern Quarterly XLIII (Winter 2006): 187-90
The Final Victims by James A. McMillin, in Journal of the Early Republic 25 (Spring 2005): 130-33
Masters of the Big House by William Kauffman Scarborough, distributed on H-South discussion network, 16 Aug. 2004
A House Divided, edited by Mason I. Lowance, Jr., distributed on H-CivWar discussion network, 27 May 2003
Bathed in Blood by Nicolas Proctor, distributed on H-South discussion network, 26 Mar. 2003
A Gentleman of Color by Julie Winch, in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 126 (Oct. 2002): 654-57
Migrants Against Slavery by Philip J. Schwarz, in The Southern Historian 23 (Spring 2002): 134-35
Lee and His Generals in War and Memory by Gary W. Gallagher, in Maryland Historical Magazine 94 (Spring 1999): 119-20

Memberships in Professional Organizations
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Organization of American Historians
Society of Civil War Historians
Historians Against Slavery

Selected Grants and Awards
Visiting Scholar, American Antiquarian Society, 2013
Brigham Young University (BYU), David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies research grant, 2013
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, History Department, BYU, 2009-2010
Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, BYU College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences (FHSS), 2009-2012
Faculty Research Grant, BYU College of FHSS, 2006-2007
Senior Research Fellowship in American History, Gilder Lehrman Center, 2006-2007
New Faculty Research Grant, BYU College of FHSS, 2004
Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of History, University of Maryland, 1999-2000

Distinguished Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, 1998-1999


Graduate School Fellowship, University of Maryland, 1995 - 2001



Selected University, Community, and Professional Service

Member, Editorial Board of Journal of American History, 2012 – present
Faculty advisor, BYU Chapter of Free the Slaves, 2010-present
Founding Member and Member of the National Board, Historians Against Slavery, 2011 – present
Co-Director, Rocky Mountain Seminar in Early American History, 2012 – present
Member, Black History Month Committee, BYU, 2010 – present
Member, BYU College of FHSS Rank and Status Committee, 2012 – present
Member, Dissertation Committee for Nicholas Wood, University of Virginia, 2013
Member, Nominations Committee, SHEAR, 2009-2012
Book review editor, H-CivWar, June 2007 – Nov. 2011
Member, Open Search Committee, BYU History Department, 2011
Member, Rank and Status Committee, BYU History Department, 2009 - 2010
Member, Secondary Education Search Committee, BYU History Department, 2008-2009
Member, East Asia Search Committee, BYU History Department, 2007- 2008
Member, BYU College of FHSS Curriculum Council, 2008-2009
Undergraduate Coordinator, BYU History Department, 2007-2009
Faculty advisor, The Thetean (student-run journal), BYU History Department, 2006-2007
Faculty advisor, Beta Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, BYU, 2005-2006
Chair, Swensen Lecture Committee, BYU History Department, 2004-2008
Reviewer of book manuscripts, Oxford University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Bedford / St. Martin’s Press, Mc-Graw Hill, University of Illinois Press, Northern Illinois University Press, Vanderbilt University Press, Kent State University Press, and Hackett Publishing
Reviewer of article manuscripts, Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Journal of the Early Republic, Civil War History, Journal of Southern History, International Social Work
Outside reviewer for tenure files:

Queens University at Charlotte, 2009

Ohio University, 2010

University of Victoria, 2011

San Francisco State University, 2012
Chair and/or commentator on panels:


  • 15th Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2009

  • 31st Annual Meeting of SHEAR, Springfield, Illinois, July 2009

  • Fifth Annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 19 Feb. 2011

  • 34th Annual Meeting of SHEAR, Baltimore, Maryland, 20 July 2012

“Road Scholars” and “Utah Humanities Council’s Public Square” Speaker, Utah Humanities Council, 2004-2013


Member, Panel on Summer Seminars and Institutes, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2010, 2013


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