Gregory h. Nobles

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Current Position
Professor of History


Director, Georgia Tech Honors Program

103 A. French Building

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0740 USA

office: (404) 385.7535 home: (404) 429.8782


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1979 (History)

M.A., University of Michigan, 1974 (History)

A.B. cum laude, Princeton University, 1970 (History/American Civilization)
Professional and Research Positions
1983- Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia:

Director, Georgia Tech Honors Program, 2005-

Chair, School of History, Technology, and Society, 1996-2001

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Ivan Allen College, 1994-1996 Professor of History, 1996-present

Associate Professor of History, 1987-1996

Assistant Professor of History, 1983-1987

2004 Newberry Library: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities
2003 Huntington Library: Robert Wark and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow

Princeton University: Friends of the Princeton University Library Visiting Fellow

  1. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Adams Chair in American History (Fulbright Distinguished Professorship)

1998 American Antiquarian Society: Research Fellow/American Studies Seminar Leader

1995 Massey University, New Zealand: Fulbright Senior Scholar in History
1986 Harvard University: Fellow, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
1979 83 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Visiting Assistant Professor of History
1978 79 Town of Amherst, Massachusetts: Housing Specialist
1976 77 Hampshire County (Massachusetts) Bicentennial Commission: Editor, Sylvester Judd Papers

Grants and Fellowships

Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Newberry Library, 2004

Robert Wark and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2003

Friends of the Princeton University Library Visiting Fellowship, 2003

Fulbright Distinguished Professorship, John Adams Chair in American History

(The Netherlands), Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, 2002

Fulbright Senior Scholar Research/Lectureship

(New Zealand), Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, 1995

Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1991

Boni Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 1991

Fellowship for College Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1985 86

Research Grant, American Association for State and Local History, 1984

Research Grant, Georgia Tech Foundation, 1984 85, 1985 86, 1991

Research Grant, Early American Industries Association, 1983

Supplemental Research Grant, Virginia Tech Education Foundation, 1983

Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981

Small Project Grant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1980 1981

Research Grant, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1979 1980, 1980 81

Edward S. Beck/John D. Pierce Fellowships, University of Michigan, 1975 76, 1977 78

Hampshire County (Mass.) Bicentennial Commission Grant, 1976

Horace H. Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, University of Michigan, 1975

Fellowship, Summer Institute for Early New England Study, 1974

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Scholarship, Princeton University, 1966 70

Awards and Professional Recognition
Distinguished Lectureship Program, Organization of American Historians, 2004-
ANAK Faculty Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
Legacy Award, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
Elected Member of Advisory Council, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2005-2008
Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 1995
Human Relations Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990
United States History Prize, Southwestern Historical Association, 1981
Honorable Mention, Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians, 1980
“The Art and Science of John James Audubon: Bringing Nature to the Nation” (in progress)
Whose American Revolution Was It? Historians Interpret the Founding, co-authored with Alfred F. Young (New York University Press, 2011)
American Frontiers: Cultural Encounters and Continental Conquest (New York: Hill & Wang, 1997; paperback edition 1998; also published in UK by Penguin UK, 1998)
Evolution and Revolution: American Society 1600 1820, co authored with James A. Henretta, (D.C. Heath, 1987)

Divisions Throughout the Whole: Politics and Society in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, 1740 1775 (Cambridge University Press, 1983; paperback edition 2004)

Chapter Six, “Revolution in the Neighborhood,” reprinted in A Place Called Paradise: Culture and Community in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1654-2004

(University of Massachusetts Press, 2005)

Articles, Chapters, and Encyclopedia Essays:
“John James Audubon, The American Hunter-Naturalist: A New Species of Scientist for the New Nation,” Common-place (January 2012)
“’Satan, Smith, Shattuck, and Shays’: The People’s Leaders in the Massachusetts Regulation,” in Gary Nash, Ray Raphael, and Alfred Young, eds., Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011)
“Audubon’s Western Woodpeckers: Specious Species and Expansionist Science in the Pacific Northwest,” Columbia (October 2008)
“A Class Act: Redefining Deference in Early American History,” Early American Studies (Fall 2005)
“Ornithology and Enterprise: Making and Marketing John James Audubon’s The Birds of America,” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (Fall 2005)
“’One of his Ideas was that Everyone Should Think for Themselves’: Emerson, the Thoreaus, and the Transcendentalist Education of Edmund Q. Sewall,” in Giorgio Mariani, et al., eds., Emerson at 200 (Rome, Italy: Aracne, 2004)
“Class,” in Daniel Vickers, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Early American History (London: Basil Blackwell, Ltd., 2003)

"`Yet the Old Republicans Still Persevere': Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and the Crisis of Popular Leadership in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1775-1790," in Ronald Hoffman, ed., "The Transforming Hand of Revolution": The American Revolution Reconsidered as a Social Movement (University Press of Virginia, 1996)

“Shays’s Rebellion: The Regulator Movement in Post-Revolutionary Massachusetts,” in Altina Waller, ed., True Stories from the American Past (McGraw-Hill, 1996; revised ed., 2002)
"The Colonial Frontier," in Alan Gallay, ed., Encyclopedia of the Wars of Colonial America (Garland Publishing Co.,1995)

"Straight Lines and Stability: Mapping the Political Order of the Anglo-American Frontier," Journal of American History 80 (1993)

"Frederick Jackson Turner, Deposed King of the Wild Frontier," Hayes Historical Journal 12 (1993)

"Shays's Neighbors: The Context of Rebellion in Pelham, Massachusetts," in Robert A. Gross, ed., In Debt to Shays: The Legacy of an Agrarian Rebellion (University Press of Virginia, 1993)

"The Frontier," in Mary Kupiec Cayton, et al., eds., Encyclopedia of American Social History (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992)
"An Overview of the Outwork Network of Rural New England," in Barbara Karsky, ed., Work and Leisure in Preindustrial America (Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 1991)
"Merchant Middlemen in the Outwork Network of Rural New England," in Rosemary Ommer and Daniel Vickers, eds. Merchant Credit and Labour Strategies in Historical Perspective (Acadiensis Press, 1990)
"The Rise of Merchants in Rural Market Towns: A Case Study of Eighteenth-Century Northampton, Massachusetts," Journal of Social History 24 (1990)
"Massachusetts," "Cities and Towns," "Jonathan Edwards," "Shays's Rebellion," and "Putting Out System," in John M. Faragher, ed., The Encyclopedia of Colonial and Revolutionary America (Sachem Publishing Company, 1990)
"Breaking into the Backcountry: New Approaches to the Early American Frontier," William and Mary Quarterly, 3d Ser., XLVII (1989)
"The Politics of Patriarchy in Shays's Rebellion: The Case of Henry McCulloch," in Peter Benes, ed., Families and Children: The Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, 1985 (Boston, 1987)
"Commerce and Community: A Case Study of the Broommaking Business in Antebellum Massachusetts," Journal of the Early Republic 4 (1984)

reprinted in Marla R. Miller, ed., Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009)

"In the Wake of the Awakening: The Politics of Purity in Granville, Massachusetts, 1754 1776," Historical Journal of Western Massachusetts VIII (1980)

Review Essays:
“A Regional Run-Up to the Revolution,” Reviews in American History 40 (2012)
“Westward Ho – But Westward How?,” William and Mary Quarterly 58 (2001)
“Cognitive Cartography: Rethinking Region in American History,” Reviews in American History 27 (1999)
"Seeking After the Maine Chance," Reviews in American History 19 (1991)
"Capitalism in the Countryside: The Economic Transformation of Rural Society in the United States," Radical History Review 41 (1988)
"The Transformation of the Other Virginia," Reviews in American History 13 (1985)
"The New England Town: The Past Fifteen Years," Journal of Social History 19 (1985)

Book Reviews:
Agricultural History, 2010

American Historical Review, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2008

Atlanta Historical Journal, 1984, 1990

Business History Review, 1989, 1990

Common-Place, 2005, 2009

Environmental History, 1993, 1999

Georgia Historical Quarterly, 2001

Historical New Hampshire, 1976

Journal of American History, 1981, 1985, 2004, 2007, 2010

Journal of the Early Republic, 1984

Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 2004

Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 1996, 1999

Journal of Social History, 1984

Journal of Southern History, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997

Labor History, 1994

Los Angeles Times Book Review, 1998

North Carolina Historical Review, 1990

Pacific Historical Review, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

William and Mary Quarterly, 1984, 1987, 1997
Invited Lectures and Papers Presented
OAH Distinguished Lectures:
College Endowment Association, Milwaukee WS , 2008
Bethel College, McKenzie TN, 2007
Coastal Heritage Society, Savannah GA, 2006
Thronateeska Heritage Center, Albany GA, 2005
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2011
British Group in Early American History, Oxford University, 2010
Florida Humanities Council, Teaching American History Program, 2010
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2009
American Society for Environmental History, 2008
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Symposium on John James Audubon, 2007
Melbern G. Glasscock Lecture in American History, Texas A&M University, 2007
Pacific Northwest Historical Conference, 2007
Historical Society of Pennsylvania Conference on “Extreme Makeovers,” 2006
Milan/Montpellier Group in Early United States History (Universite Paul Valery/Montpellier III) Biennial Symposium, 2005
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2004
Scholl Center Seminar in Early American History, 2004
Newberry Library Fellows’ Seminar, 2004
Mystic River (Massachusetts) Watershed Association, 2004
Smith College/Historic Northampton Lecture Series on “A Place Called Paradise: Northampton, 1654-2004,” 2004
University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
Early American History Seminar (Michael Zuckerman, convenor), Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, 2003
James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture, American Antiquarian Society, 2003
University of Georgia Early American History Workshop, 2003
Montana State University Conference on “Class and Class Struggles in North America and the Atlantic World 1500-1820,” 2003
University of Milan, 2002

University of Genoa, 2002

European Association of American Studies, 2002

Netherlands American Studies Association, 2002

Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association, 2000

Shenandoah University Conference on “Eighteenth-Century Frontiers in North America,” 1999

American Antiquarian Society, 1998

Australia-New Zealand American Studies Association, 1998

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, 1997

University of Ulster (Northern Ireland) History Department, 1997

Milan Group in Early United States History (Universita Degli Studi di Milano) Biennial Symposium, 1996
New Zealand-United States Educational Foundation Fulbright Conference on “America’s World, The World’s America,” 1995
University of Canterbury (New Zealand) History Seminar, 1995

Victoria University (New Zealand) History Seminar, 1995

Massey University (New Zealand) History Workshop, 1995

South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology Conference on “The Southern Colonial Backcountry: Beginning an Interdisciplinary Dialogue,” 1993

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Phi Alpha Theta Lecture, 1993

Milan Group in Early United States History (Universita Degli Studi di Milano) Biennial Symposium, 1992

Society for the History of Technology, 1992

Shenandoah University Conference on “Re-Examining America's Frontier Heritage: The Eighteenth-Century Backcountry,” 1991

Organization of American Historians, 1991

Old Sturbridge Village Colloquium on Early New England Society and Culture, 1990

York (PA) Bicentennial Commission, 1990

United States Capitol Historical Society, 1989

Organization of American Historians, 1989

American Historical Association, 1989

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1988

Memorial University of Newfoundland Conference on “Merchant Credit and Labour Strategies,” 1987

Centre de Recherche sur l'Histoire des Etats-Unis (Universite de Paris VII) Conference on “Time and Space of Work and Leisure in Preindustrial America,” 1987
University of Tennessee History Colloquium, 1987)

Historic Deerfield Inc./Amherst College Bicentennial Conference on “Shays's Rebellion and the Constitution,” 1986

Colonial Society of Massachusetts Bicentennial Conference on Shays's Rebellion, 1986

Organization of American Historians, 1986

Five College Social History Seminar, Smith College, 1986

Charles Warren Center Seminar, Harvard University, 1986

Pelham, Mass., Historical Society, 1986

Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, 1985

Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1985

American Historical Association, 1984

Organization of American Historians, 1983

Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, 1981

Southwestern Historical Association, 1981

Organization of American Historians, 1980

Westfield State College Conference on Massachusetts History, 1979

Historic Deerfield Colloquium on Massachusetts History, 1978

Hadley, Mass., Historical Society, 1977
American Association of Geographers, 2008

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010

Milan Group in Early United States History (Universita Degli Studi di Milano) Biennial Symposium, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000

Shenandoah University Conference on “Cultures in Conflict: The Seven Years’ War in North America,” 2004

American Historical Association, 1986, 1991, 2004

Organization of American Historians, 1994

Social Science History Association, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993

Southern Historical Association, 1992, 2003

Western History Association, 1999, 2010

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, 1999

Atlanta Celtic Festival, Panelist on “The Scotch-Irish in Georgia,” 1997

Pacific Bridges Project Conference on “Rewriting the Pacific,” University of California - Davis/Berkeley, 1995

Historic Deerfield Colloquium on Merchants and Marketing, 1988)

Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, 1987)

Southwestern Historical Association, 1982

Women in Development Conference, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1982

Historic Deerfield Inc./Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, 1981
Courses Taught

Georgia Institute of Technology

U.S. History to 1877

Colonial America

American Revolution and Constitution

Environmental History

Semester in the City: Engaging English Avenue

Semester in the City: Understanding Urban Problems through Personal Action

Homelessness and Housing: Atlanta as a Case Study

Industrialization in the United States

Comparative Cultural Encounters

War in American Memory

New Zealand Environmental History (New Zealand study abroad)

Undergraduate Seminar in Environmental History

Undergraduate Seminar in the American Revolution

Graduate Proseminar in Environmental History

Graduate Proseminar in Industrial History

Graduate Seminar in Comparative Labor, Industrialization, and Technology

University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

War in American Memory

Seeing America First: Exploration and Imagination in North America

American Antiquarian Society

Seeing America First: Exploration and Imagination in North America

Massey University (New Zealand)

Cultural Encounters on the North American Frontiers
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

U.S. History to 1830

Contemporary America, 1945 Present

Labor Relations

Professional Memberships
American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Society for Historians of the Early American Republic

American Antiquarian Society

Fulbright Association

Atlanta History Center
Professional Service
Fellowship Review Panel, Newberry Library, 2010

Fellowship Review Panel, American Antiquarian Society, 2007

Advisory Council (elected), Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2005-2008

Program Committee, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2005-2006

Program Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2003-2005

External Evaluation Committee, Department of History, Rutgers University – Newark, 2004

Chair, External Fellowship Review Committee, NEH-Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2003-2004

Ray Allen Billington Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians, 2002-2003

Graduate Fellowship Review Committee, Netherlands-American Council for Educational

Exchange, 2002

Fellowship Review Panel, American Antiquarian Society, 2001

Reed Fellowship Review Committee, Georgia State University, 2001-2003

Nominating Committee, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, 1998-2001; Chair, 2001

Program Committee, Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, 1989-1990

Planning Committee, Conference on Re-Examining America's Frontier Heritage, 1990

Program Committee, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies,1987 1988

Canadian Foundation of Social Sciences

National Endowment for the Humanities

Cambridge University Press

D.C. Heath

Harper and Row


University of North Carolina Press

Northeastern University Press

University of Georgia Press

University of Massachusetts Press

University of North Carolina Press/ Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

University of Pennsylvania Press

University of Virginia Press

Agricultural History

Eighteenth-Century Studies

Environmental History

Journal of American History

Journal of the Early Republic

Journal of Southern History

Pacific Historical Review

William and Mary Quarterly

Georgia Tech Service
Senior-level Search Committees

Chair, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (Chair), 2011-2012

Vice Provost for Enrollment Services (Chair), 2010

Vice-Provost for International Initiatives, 2007

Dean, College of Sciences, 2006-2007

Dean/Director of University Libraries, 1999-2000; 2008

Director of Admissions, 2008

Director of Assessment, 1998-1999

Student Academic and Financial Affairs Committee (elected), 2011-

President’s Scholarship Program Task Force, 2010

Prestigious Scholarship Committee, 1999-2007

Atlanta Outreach Consortium, 1999-2001

Executive Round Table, 1996-2004

Academic Coordination Committee, Oxford Program, 2003-2005

Study Abroad Advisory Committee, 1996-2001

Freshman Partner, 1999-2000

Administrative Excellence Task Force, 1995-99

Integrating Gender Equity and Reform (InGEAR) Advisory Committee, 1997-98

Gender Equity Task Force, 1994-96

Core Curriculum Conversion Committee, 1996

Campus Space Study Working Group, 1995-96

Academic Senior Advisory Group (1996 Olympics), 1994-96

General Education Assessment Seminar (Co-chair), 1992-94

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 1992-94

Mentor, Lilly Foundation Faculty Development Program, 1991-92

Human Relations Steering Committee, 1988-90; Executive Committee, 1990-92

Faculty Sponsor (founding member), Georgia Tech Amnesty International, 1987-92

Ivan Allen College:

West Side community task Force, 2011-

Co-Organizer, Symposium on “Human Rights in Transition,” 2004-2005

Dean Evaluation Committee, 2004

Co-Chair, Founder’s Day Award Committee, 2002-2003

Co-Organizer, Symposium on “Human Rights: Changes and Challenges,” 1998-1999

Senior-level Search Committees

Kranzberg Professorship in Technology and Culture (Chair), 1999-2000

Chair, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, 1999-2000

Chair, School of International Affairs (Chair), 1996-97

Chair, Department of Modern Languages, 1996-97

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (Convenor), 1994-96

Student Recruiting Committee (Convenor), 1994-96

Student Advisory Board (Convenor), 1994-96

Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience, 1992-93
School of History, Technology, and Society (before and after becoming Chair):

Undergraduate Committee, 2003-2004

Executive Committee (Chair), 1989-91, 1992-94

Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1987-93, 2001-present

Steering Committee, 1987-89

Recruitment Committee (Chair), 1988

History Search Committee, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2007-2008

Sociology Search Committee, 1986, 1987

Program Committee, Seminar in the Comparative History of Labor, Industry, Technology, and Society, 1991-94

Technology and Science Policy Committee Curriculum Subcommittee, 1986-89 (Chair, 1988-89)

Community Service
Organizing Committee/Trainer, Central Night Shelter, 1985-2010

Consultant, Community Housing Resource Center, 1999-2007

Board of Directors, Student Aid Foundation, 2008-2010

Board of Directors, Georgia Fulbright Association, 2005-2007

Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood of Georgia, 2000-2006

Board of Directors (founding member), Grady High School Foundation, 1997-2003

Board of Directors, Atlanta Children's Shelter, 1993-98

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Advisory Committee, Office of the Mayor

(Hon. Maynard Jackson), City of Atlanta, 1990-94 (Chair, 1991)

Chair, Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award, Princeton Club of Georgia, 1991

Other Activities (in descending order of pace)
Cycling, running, hiking, birding

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