Brian Rouleau received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and joined the history department at Texas A&M the same year. Maritime communities and the sailors who inhabited them were instrumental to the traffic in people, goods, and ideas that grew up between Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Brian Rouleau’s research explores the connective linkages between dispersed locations that seafaring peoples established within the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic World. In his teaching, there is a similar focus on presenting colonial North America and the early United States as firmly embedded in a larger Atlantic system of material and cultural exchange. HIST 105 and HIST 462, in particular, emphasize that American history is best understood within a much larger context.
April Hatfield received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1997 and began teaching at Texas A&M the following year. Her work examines how borders and migration shaped individuals and institutions in the early modern Atlantic world. Her publications include several book chapters and articles and the monograph Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century (2004). Her current project “Creole Allegiances” follows a variety of individuals as they negotiated the borders of English and Spanish imperial spaces in the western Caribbean and southeastern North America in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
Troy Bickham specializes in the history of Britain and its empire, particularly the Atlantic world, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His first book, Savages within the Empire (2005) explores how encounters and relations with American Indians affected British material, political, intellectual and religious culture in the eighteenth century. His recent book, Making Headlines: The American Revolution as Seen Through the British Press (2008), explores British reactions to the American Revolution, as seen and expressed in the British press. He is currently completing a transatlantic study of the War of 1812: The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire and the War of 1812 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2012).
Cynthia Bouton focuses on early modern and Revolutionary Europe and the Atlantic. She studies the ways that inequities in access to basic subsistence needs—often linked to status/class, gender, race/ethnicity, patronage/political relations, and location—have influenced responses to suffering (both the threat of it and strategies to alleviate it). Her first book studied responses to a subsistence crisis in 1775 France, several articles explored the history of the politics of provisioning in France from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and her second book analyzed 19th- and 20th-century cultural and political engagements with social violence over food security. Her next book, “Subsistence, Society, and Culture in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century and Age of Revolution,” studies staple food production, marketplace interaction, entangled Atlantic trade networks, and metropolitan and colonial government policies to understand adaptations to the “Atlanticization” of food regimes in the French, Spanish, and British Atlantic during the 18th century and revolutionary era.
Jason Parker specializes in the history of US-“Third World” relations, studying both the formal and informal “diplomacy” embedded in the interactions of empires, nations, and peoples. His research examines the ways in which state- and non-state actors in the United States engaged with their counterparts abroad within a complicated matrix of strategy, security, decolonization, and race during the long “American Century.” His first book, Brother’s Keeper: The United States, Race, and Empire in the British Caribbbean, 1937-1962 (Oxford University Press), looked at the actions of US-based actors- the American government, African Americans, and Caribbean immigrants– in the push for independence in the British West Indies.
Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss earned her PhD at Duke University in 2003 and joined Texas A & M University the same year. She teaches courses in Atlantic World History, Modern France, and the Caribbean. Her first project, Sweet Liberty: The Final Days of Slavery in Martinique, (2009), focuses on the relationship between Martinique and continental France and the construction of racial, class, gender and national identities during the first half of the nineteenth century. Her second project, France at the Edges: Life in France’s Atlantic Port Cities, 1760-1830, explores connections among French Atlantic port cities in the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe during the so-called Age of Empire.
Larry W. Yarak is a historian of Africa. His first book investigated the precolonial political and social history of the Asante Kingdom, located in today’s Ghana, using European (principally Dutch) archival sources and Asante oral traditions. He is currently completing a manuscript on the recruitment of soldiers by the Dutch in the 19th century West Africa, the intersection of this activity with indigenous forms of servitude, and the experiences of the African soldiers in the Dutch East Indies. His current research project concerns the 19th century social history on the peoples of the Gold Coast littoral, with a focus on the town of Elmina.