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Dr. Andrew Witmer

witmerad@jmu.edu

Jackson Hall room 219
Office phone: 540-568-3994
58 Bluestone Drive
MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Assistant professor of history

Education

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Fields and specialties

Nineteenth-century United States, race, religion, U.S. in the world

Teaching areas

American religious history, race and religion, African American history, digital methods

Research interests

Race and religion, U.S. missions in equatorial Africa, transnational history, spatial history

Selected publications and presentations

"History Harvests: What Happens When Students Collect and Digitize the People's History?" (with William G. Thomas III and Patrick D. Jones), Perspectives on History, American Historical Association, 2013.

"'Home-Like and Yet So Strange!': American Missionaries and Cultural Transformation in Nineteenth-Century Equatorial Africa."  American Historical Association Annual Meeting, 2012. 

"Encounter and Exchange on an Equatorial African Mission Station."  Mellon Research Seminar, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2010. 

"Auguste Comte's Theory of History Crosses the Atlantic," in Charles T. Mathewes and Christopher McKnight Nichols, eds., Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day, Oxford University Press, 2008

"Race, Religion, and Rebellion: Black and White Baptists in Albemarle County, Virginia during the Civil War," in Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, and Andrew J. Torget, eds., Crucible of the American Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration, University of Virginia Press, 2006

Fellowships

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
American Council of Learned Societies
Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania
Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia