Specialty: Atlantic World, U.S. in the world, 19th-century U.S.
Brian Rouleau joined the faculty in 2010 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century United States history, the Atlantic world, American foreign relations, and more recent efforts to internationalize our study of the past. His first book, With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire, examines encounters between sailors from the United States and peoples overseas during the nineteenth century. Rouleau’s current research, for a book tentatively titled Empire’s Nursery: Children’s Literature and the Origins of the American Century, explores connections between children’s literature and the history of U.S. foreign relations.