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J Schermerhorn

Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Calvin Schermerhorn is Professor of History teaching and publishing on capitalism, slavery, the American Civil War and African American history. He currently serves as Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. In addition to undergraduate offerings in American history, he teaches online and immersion graduate courses, advising Honors, Masters, and Doctoral students in history.

His recent book The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 was a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Prize awarded by the Lapidus and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library and was published by Yale University Press. Previous books include Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom: Slavery in the Antebellum Upper South (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and Henry Goings, Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery, co-edited with Mike Plunkett and Edward Gaynor (University of Virginia Press, 2012).  His next book Unrequited Toil: A History of United States Slavery (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) gives a thematic overview of African American slavery from the Revolution to Reconstruction.

He arrived at ASU in 2008 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Before that he worked in marketing and family support on an Air Force base. He has also earned a Master's from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His research has been funded by fellowships and grants from the Smithsonian, Huntington Library, Gilder Lehrman Center, American Philosophical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, among other organizations.

His next book-length project is previewed here: www.unnecessarycivilwar.com

Education

Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

B.A., Saint Mary's College of Maryland

Research Interests

African American history, slavery, capitalism, U.S. South, public history, human trafficking in America and the Atlantic world

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 591Seminar
HST 598Special Topics
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 591Seminar
HST 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 109United States to 1865
HST 408Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 407Early U.S. Republic/1789-1850
HST 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 408Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 591Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 408Civil War & Reconstruction
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 498Pro-Seminar
HST 598Special Topics
Service
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Corona del Sol High School, Judge (2014 - Present)
  • Graduate Committee, History, SHPRS, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Doctoral Exam Committee, Examiner (2013 - Present)
  • Search Committee, Modern United States Political History, Member (2012 - Present)
  • We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Corona del Sol High School, Judge (2012 - Present)
  • History Faculty Promotion and Tenure Policy Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Road to Disunion: The Geopolitics of Slavery, Political Crisis, and the Onset of Civil War" American History from A to Z, Presidential Engagement Program, ASU Foundation for a New American University., Invited Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • "The South, Slavery, and the Rise of King Cotton," Aspire Academy at Connolly Middle School, Tempe, Arizona., Invited Speaker (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of the Early Republic, Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • American Nineteenth Century History, Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award Committee, Member (2012 - Present)
  • Roger Adelson Graduate Research Award Committee, Chair (2012 - Present)
  • Ohio University Press, Manuscript Review (2012 - Present)
  • The Public Historian, Peer Reviewer (2010 - Present)
  • Committee to Establish a Graduate Field in Global and World History, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Committee to establish a Graduate Certificate in Global and World History, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Committee to establish a Graduate Certificate in Global and World History, Member (2008 - Present)
  • History Department Graduate Committee to establish a graduate field in global and world history, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Policy Committee, History Department, Member (2008 - Present)
  • Oxford University Press, Outside Reviewer and Reader (2008 - Present)
  • Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Editorial Board Member (2014 - 2016)
  • Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ark Media for PBS, Professional Historical Consulatant (2014 - 2014)
  • Routledge, Manuscript Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Carol & Norris Hundley Award Committee, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC), Member (2014 - 2014)
  • Doctoral Exam Committee, History, SHPRS, Examiner (2013 - 2014)
  • Carol and Norris Hundley Award Committee, Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, Member (2012 - 2014)
  • Journal of Southern History, Peer reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Journal of Policy History, Peer reviewer (2013 - 2014)
  • University of Georgia Press, Manuscript Review (2013 - 2013)
  • Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Peer Reviewer (2013 - 2013)
  • University Senate, Senator (2011 - 2013)
  • Carol & Norris Hundley Award Committee, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Chair (2013 - 2013)
  • History Faculty Promotion and Tenure Policy Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • History Faculty Promotion and Tenure Policy Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Search Committee, Modern United States Political History, Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Ad Hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, Reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • CQ Press/SAGE, Anonymous Outside Reader (2010 - 2010)
  • Personnel Advisory Committee, Member (2009 - 2010)
  • Oxford University Press, Anonymous Outside Reader (2008 - 2009)