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Dr. Samantha  Seeley
Dr. Samantha Seeley
Associate Professor of History
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Grants and Fellowships

John W. Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2018-2019

Washington Library Fellowship, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, 2018

Gilder Lehrman Center Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2017

Lloyd Lewis/NEH Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2016

Awards

2022 Merle Curti Social History Award, Organization of American Historians, for Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States (Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

Runner-up, Dissertation Prize, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2015

Finalist, Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2014

Bessie and George Levy Prize for Excellence in American History, New York University, 2012
Presentations

“From Native Space to Free States: Pursuing the Right to Remain in the Midwest,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2019

“Petitioning and the Right to Remain in the Early United States,” Petitioning in the Atlantic World, Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019

“Race and Removal in the Early American Republic,” Triangle Early American History Seminar, National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2019

“African American Mobility, Residency, and Communities of Protection in the Early Republic,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Cleveland, OH, 2018

“Travel and the Contest over Movement,” Omohundro Institute Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA, 2018

“To Lose the Benefit of the Law: Restricting Migration between the States,” University of Virginia Early America Seminar, Charlottesville, VA, 2017

“Continental Visions and Manumission in Post-Revolutionary Virginia,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Philadelphia, PA, 2017

Memberships
American Historical Association
American Studies Association
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
Society of Early Americanists
Publications
Books

Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the Early United States (The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press, 2021)

Articles

"Freedom and the Politics of Migration after the Revolution," in Emancipations, Reconstructions, and Revolutions: African American Politics and U. S. History from the First to the Second Civil War, ed. David Waldstreicher and Van Gosse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020)

"Beyond the American Colonization Society," History Compass 14 (March 2016): 93-104. 

Co-editor, "The Question of Recovery: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive," special issue of Social Text 33 (Winter 2015)

Education
Ph.D., New York University
B.A., Brown University
Contact Information
308 Humanities Building
(804) 289-8340
(804) 287-1992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Early America/Early United States Republic
Race, Slavery, and Freedom in Early America