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Dr. Terri Halperin
Adjunct Instructor of History

Terri Halperin specializes in the political history of the Early American Republic. She recently published The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798: Testing the Constitution which examines the politics of debate surrounding these laws. She is currently working on the history of the United States Senate from 1789 to 1833. She is interested in issues of American political culture, federalism, and the development of government institutions and their relationships with each other and the people.


The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798: Testing the Constitution. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.


"Congress," Encyclopedia of the New American Nation. Eds. Paul Finkelman, et al. NY: Charles Scribner and Sons, 2005.

"The Special Relationship: The Senate and the States, 1789-1801," in The House & Senate in the 1790s: Petitioning, Lobbying, and Institutional Development.  Kenneth R. Bowling and Donald Kennon, eds. (Athens: Ohio University Press for the United States Capitol Historical Society, 2002).

Contributor, Facts on File Encyclopedia, Revolution and New Nation (1754-1820), Paul A. Gilje, ed.


Ekirch, A. Roger. American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution. New York: Pantheon Books, 2017 in Journal of the Early Republic (Forthcoming)

Bird, Wendell. Press and Speech Under Assault: The Early Supreme Court Justices, the Sedition Act of 1798, and the Campaign Against Dissent. NY: Oxford University Press, 2016 in American Journal of Legal History 57(March 2017), 118–119.

Ratcliffe, Donald. The One-Party Presidential Contest: Adams, Jackson, and 1824's Five-Horse Race. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2015 in The Journal of Southern History 83(February 2017, 165-167.

Rasor, Paul and Richard E. Bond, eds. From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011 in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 119, 4 (2011), 394-5.

Raphael, Ray. Founders: The People who Brought You a Nation. New Press, 2009 in The Journal of American History (June 2010), p.164-165.

Fischer, David H. Liberty and Freedom.  New York: Oxford University Press,2005 in The Journal of the Early Republic (Spring 2006), 128-130.

Ph.D., University of Virginia
Contact Information
324 Ryland Hall
(804) 289-8344
(804) 287-1992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
Early American Republic (1789-1820s)
Jacksonian America
American Political History