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Freeman Professorship

Along with permanent faculty members, the history department brings a distinguished visiting historian to campus annually through the Douglas Southall Freeman Professorship, established in honor of the noted biographer and journalist by his family. The Freeman Professor teaches one course and either delivers a series of public lectures or organizes an historical conference. 

The Department of History has named James Merrell, Lacy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College as the 2018–19 Douglas Southall Freeman Professor. He will be in residence during the spring semester.

James Merrell, is an early Americanist, with a particular interest in indigenous Americans' experiences in colonial times.  His first book, The Indians’ New World:  Catawbas and their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal won the Turner, Curti, and Bancroft prizes.  His second book, Into the Woods:  Negotiators on the Pennsylvania Frontier also won the Bancroft, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer.