Kevin Waite

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A., History, English, Williams College (2009)
MPhil., Modern European History, University of Cambridge (2011)

Steven Hahn (Advisor)
Stephanie McCurry
Daniel K. Richter
Kathleen M. Brown

Research Interests: 
Slavery, the American West, the Civil War

I'm completing a dissertation titled, "The Slave South in the Far West: California, the Pacific, and Proslavery Visions of Empire." Whereas most scholarship on slaveholding imperialism focuses on the Atlantic Basin, I argue that Southerners pursued an empire within the Pacific world as well. By tracking both proslavery activity in California and Southerners' attempts to capture the Pacific trade, my work highlights the centrality of the Far West in the nation's road to disunion.

Academic Appointment:
Starting in the fall, I'll be joining the history faculty at Durham University (UK).

Selected Publications:

"Jefferson Davis and Proslavery Visions of Empire in the Far West," Journal of the Civil War Era (forthcoming, 2016)

"Beating Napoleon at Eton: Violence, Sport and Manliness in England's Public Schools, 1783-1815", Cultural and Social History 11 (September 2014)

My writing has also appeared on the Huffington Post, the History News Network, We're HistorySlate, Raw Story, and TIME

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