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Professor of History, University of South Carolina

My 2009 book, ABIGAIL ADAMS, won the Bancroft Prize.

My 2007 book, UNRULY AMERICANS AND THE ORIGINS OF THE CONSTITUTION, was short-listed (top 5) for the National Book Award

My 1990 book, FORCED FOUNDERS: INDIANS, DEBTORS, SLAVES, AND THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, won the Merle Curti Social History Award of the Organization of American Historians


  • –present
    Peter and Bonnie McCausland Professor, University of South Carolina


  • 1990 
    Duke University, Ph.D. / History