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Dr. James Rice

Professor of History

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  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1994
  • B.A., Colorado College, 1985

Teaching Areas

  • Early America
  • Atlantic History
  • Native America/First Nations
  • Historical methodology

Research Areas

  • Early America
  • Atlantic History
  • Native America
  • Environmental History

Works in Progress

  • Native America: An Environmental History (under contract, Cambridge University Press)
  • Founding Massacres: Violence, Ambition & the Birth of Virginia (book in progress)
  • “The Seventeenth Century,” In W. Fitzhugh Brundage, ed., The New History of the American South (University of North Carolina Press; in preparation)

Recent Publications

  • “Rethinking ‘The American Paradox’: Bacon’s Rebellion, Indians, and the U.S. History Survey.” In Susan Sleeper Smith, Nancy Shoemaker, Jean O’Brien, Juliana Barr, and Scott Stevens, eds., Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History Without American Indians (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).
  • “The Second Anglo-Powhatan War” (3500 words). In Matthew Gibson, ed., Encyclopedia Virginia (2014).
  • “Paramount Chiefdoms.” In Joseph C. Miller, ed., The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton University Press, 2014).
  • “Bacon’s Rebellion in Indian Country.” Journal of American History (December 2014). Winner of the Binkley-Stephenson Prize for the best article in the JAM.
  • “Beyond the ‘Ecological Indian’ and the ‘Columbian Exchange’: Contemporary Writing on Native Americans and the Environment.” Forthcoming in History Compass (2015).
  • Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America (Oxford University Press, 2012; Audiobook and paperback editions, 2013). History Book Club and BOMC2 selection.
  • “Environment,” in Karen Kupperman, ed., American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Trends that Made U.S. History, Volume One: The Sixteenth Century (MTM Publishing, 2011).
  • “Environment,” in John Demos, ed., American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Trends that Made U.S. History, Volume Two: The Seventeenth Century (MTM Publishing, 2011).
  • “Into the Gap: Ethnohistorians, Environmental History, and the Native South.” Native South (2011).
  • Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunters and Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
  • “Introduction,” in Voices from Colonial America: Maryland, 1634-1776, by Robin Doak (National Geographic, 2007) (historical consultant for the volume).
  • “Escape from Tsenacommacah: Chesapeake Algonquians and the Powhatan Menace, 1300-1624,” in Peter Mancall, ed., The Atlantic World and Virginia (UNC Press, 2007).
  • “Evangelicals and the Invention of Community in Western Maryland,” Maryland Historical Magazine 101 (Spring 2006), 26-54.
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