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Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas

Assistant Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2198
Office: 204A McKee Building
Pronouns: he/him


I came to WCU after completing my PhD at University of California, Irvine and holding positions in History and American Studies at Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio.<br><br><br>My research has appeared in <i>Slavery and Abolition</i>, the <i>Journal of Global Slavery</i>, <i>Journal of Caribbean History</i>, <i>Women's Studies Quarterly</i>, and <i>Black Perspectives</i>. I have received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Council on Library and Information Resources, American Antiquarian Society, American Philosophical Society, and Virginia Historical Society.<br><br><br>I am conducting working on a book project entitled "An Unparalleled Time: The 1831 Emancipation Wars in Historical Memory." It examines the relationship between the “Nat Turner revolt” in Southampton County, Virginia and the “Baptist War” in Jamaica, two slave uprisings separated by just four months in 1831. The project finds crucial similarities and connections between the events before considering why they are remembered differently. Ultimately, the book will address how the dominant historical memories of each shape contemporary politics in Britain, the Caribbean, and the United States.


  • Ph D, University of California Irvine

Teaching Interests

I currently teach classes on:<br><br>Early American and U.S. History<br>African American History<br>Caribbean History<br>Atlantic History<br>History of Slavery and Emancipation<br>Material Culture<br>Piracy and Radical Maritime Culture<br>History on Film

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in topics related to slavery, emancipation, colonialism, historical memory, kinship, race, gender, childhood, and material culture in early America, the U.S., Caribbean, Britain, and Atlantic World.

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