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Erik R. Seeman

Professor
office: 534 Park Hall
email: seeman@buffalo.edu
phone: (716) 645-5648

Education

PhD, Michigan, 1995

Courses Regularly Taught

HIS 161: U.S. History to 1865
HIS 215: Death in America
HIS 452: Indians: Africans: and Europeans in Colonial America
HIS 533: Readings in Early American History
HIS 534: The Atlantic World: 1400-1800                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HIS 580: Radical Religion in the Anglo-Atlantic World

Field(s)

US/Colonial, North and South Atlantic, Intellectual History, Religion, Social/Cultural History, Transnational

Research Interests

Colonial North America: religion, Indians, African-Americans, death

Current Research

Speaking with the Dead in the Early Modern Anglo-Atlantic World

Selected Publicationsseemanbook

BOOKS

The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Colonial North America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)

Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)

The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000, co-edited with Jorge Canizares-Esguerra (Prentice-Hall, 2007)

Pious Persuasions:   Laity and Clergy in Eighteenth-Century New England (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

 SELECTED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

“Native Spirits, Shaker Visions: Speaking with the Dead in the Early Republic,” Journal of the Early Republic 35 (Fall 2015): 347-73

“Death in the Atlantic World,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, edited by Trevor Burnard (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) (9000-word online publication)

“Piety and Practice in North America to 1800,” Cambridge History of Religions in America, edited by Stephen J. Stein, 3 vols. (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2012): 1:686-707

“Reassessing the ‘Sankofa Symbol’ in New York’s African Burial Ground,” William and Mary Quarterly, vol 67 (January 2010): 101-22 (JSTOR)

  • Recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History for the Years 2010-2012, New York Academy of History

“Jews in the Early Modern Atlantic:   Crossing Boundaries, Keeping Faith,” in The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000, edited by Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman (Prentice-Hall, 2007), 39-59.

“Spooky Streets: Spirits of the Past Haunt Ghost Tours,” Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life , vol. 3, no. 1 (October 2002)

“Reading Indians’ Deathbed Scenes:   Ethnohistorical and Representational Approaches,” Journal of American History , vol. 88 (June 2001): 17-47 (JSTOR)

“‘It Is Better To Marry Than To Burn’: Anglo-American Attitudes Toward Celibacy, 1600-1800,’” Journal of Family History, vol. 24 (October 1999): 397-419

“‘Justise Must Take Plase’:   Three African Americans Speak of Religion in Eighteenth-Century New England,” William and Mary Quarterly , vol. 56 (April 1999): 395-416 (JSTOR)

Awards

  • Fulbright Research and Teaching Fellowship, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, January to May 2005
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, August 2001 to July 2002