• Jonathan Lande

    Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street


    Jonathan completed his Ph.D. at Brown University in 2018. He is the Irene and Bernard Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow at the New York Historical Society and the New School for the 2018-2019 academic year.

    His scholarship explores the U.S. Civil War and African American history, among other themes, and has appeared in The Journal of Social History and the historical blogs, Black Perspectives and Muster.

    He has presented at numerous conferences including the annual conferences by the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He is also the recipient of the William F. Holmes Award from the Southern Historical Association and the Du Bois-Wells Award from the African American Intellectual History Society for papers presented at the conferences.

    He has taught courses at Brown and Tougaloo College as the 2017-2018 Brown-Tougaloo Exchange Faculty Fellow. In 2018, Brown University awarded him the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Office Hours:

    10am-11am Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D., History, Brown University, May 2018

    A.M., History, Brown University, May 2014

    M.A., Modern History, first class, Queen’s University Belfast, U.K., June 2012

    B.A., History (major) and Rhetoric (minor), summa sum laude, De Paul University, Dec. 2010


    Professional Affiliations:

    African American Intellectual History Society
    American Historical Association
    Organization of American Historians
    Society of Civil War Historians
    Southern Historical Association

    Recent Publications:

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Lande, Jonathan. “Trials of Freedom: African American Deserters during the U.S. Civil War,” Journal of Social History 43, no. 3 (Spring 2016), 693-709.

    Book Reviews

    Review of Urmi Engineer Willoughby, Yellow Fever: Race and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, The Journal of African American History (forthcoming)

    Review of Timothy S. Huebner, Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism, Civil War History 63, no. 4 (Dec., 2017): 434.

    Review of Leigh Fought, Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, Civil War Monitor, September 20, 2017.

    Review of Robert S. Levine, The Lives of Frederick Douglass, Civil War Book Review, Fall 2016.

    Web-Based Publications

    “Confederate Monuments…What To Do?: Historians’ Town-Hall Meeting on Memorialization–and Racial Injustice,” Muster, April 27, 2018.

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    “Freedom, Race, and Desertion in America’s Civil War,” Black Perspectives, May 9, 2016.

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    Performances And Appearances:

    “USCT Desertion,” Civil War Institute Summer Conference, Gettysburg College, June 2018 (see here:

    “Deserting Douglass: Frederick Douglass’s Freedom Vision and the Slave Soldiers who Fled Military Service,” Frederick Douglass Across and Against Times, Places, and Disciplines, Paris, France, 2018

    “‘The Long List of Glory’: African American Intellectuals, Civil War History, and the Struggle for Freedom from Reconstruction to the Great War,” Organization of American Historians, Sacramento, 2018

    “Resistance Among Union Army Slave Soldiers,” American Historical Association, Washington, 2018

    “Deserting Freedom: African American Runaways in the Union Army,” Southern Historical Association, St. Petersburg, 2016

    “Black Mutineers and Freedom in the Union Army,” Society of Civil War Historians, Chattanooga, 2016

    “The Black Badge of Courage: The Intellectual History of Black Soldiers in the Civil War,” African American Intellectual History Society, Chapel Hill, 2016

    “What, to the American Slave, is the Fourth of July?,” British American Nineteenth Century History Conference, Newcastle, 2012

    Research Interests:

    Nineteenth Century United States

    African American History

    U.S. Civil War

    Awards And Honors:


    Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brown University, 2018

    Joukowsky Dissertation Award Department of History Nominee, Brown University, 2018

    William F. Holmes Award, Junior Faculty/Graduate Student Paper Prize, Southern Historical Association Annual Conference, 2016

    Du Bois-Wells Graduate Student Paper Prize, African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference, 2016

    Peter Green Scholar, Department of History, Brown University, 2016

    Field Exam Distinction, Department of History, Brown University, 2015

    Master of Arts Dissertation Distinction, School of History & Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast, 2012

    Samuel and Marion Merrill Grant, Organization of American Historians, 2018

    AHA Council Annual Meeting Travel Grants, American Historical Association, 2017

    Brown-Tougaloo Exchange Faculty Fellowship, 2017-2018

    Grants & Fellowships

    John Higham Research Fellowship, Organization of American Historians, 2017

    W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2017

    Cromwell Foundation Fellowship, American Society for Legal History, 2016

    Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2016

    Lapidus Center Short-Term Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016

    Esther Ann McFarland Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2016

    New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellowship, 2016

    Current Courses:

    Black Thinkers (Fall 2018)

    War & Protest/Black Atlantic