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    Amanda Bellows is historian of the United States in comparative and transnational perspective. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

    Her manuscript, Visualizations of Slavery and Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Era, 1861-1915, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Global Slavery, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, the Journal of Southern History, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the Southern Humanities Review, the New York Times, Talking Points Memo, and the books New York Times Disunion: A History of the Civil War and Disunion: Modern Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's Election to the Emancipation Proclamation.


    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

    M.A. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012

    B.A. in History and Political Science, Middlebury College, 2008

    Professional Affiliations:

    Member of the American Historical Association (2010-present)

    Member of the Organization of American Historians (2016-present)

    Member of the Southern Historical Association (2010-present)

    Member of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2010-present)

    Member of the Society of Civil War Historians (2013-present)

    Member, Historians against Slavery (2015-present)

    Recent Publications:

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    “Post-Emancipation Representations of Serfs, Peasants, Slaves, and Freedpeople in Russian and American National Art, 1861—1905.” New Literary Observer/Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 6/2016: 7-25

    “Selling Servitude, Captivating Consumers: Images of Bondsmen in  American and Russian Advertisements, 1880—1915.” Journal of Global Slavery, 1/1: 72-112 (2016). 

    Book Contributions

    “No Language Like Song,” in Disunion: Modern Scholars and Historians Revisit and Reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln’s Election to tehe Emancipation Proclamation. Edited by Ted Widmer.  New York: New York Times and Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2013, 205-208. 

    Web-Based Publications

    "150 Cheers for the 14th Amendment," New York Times, July 9, 2018,

    “The First Great African-American Filmmaker: Before Spike Lee and John Singleton, there was Oscar Micheaux,” Talking Points Memo, August 18, 2016,

    “How the Civil War Created College Football,” New York Times, January 2, 2016,

    “Author, Author!” New York Times, March 16, 2016,

    “No Language Like Song,” New York Times, September 16, 2011,


    Research Interests:

    Research interests: U.S. history in comparative and transnational perspective, slavery/emancipation, memory, and popular culture.

    Current Courses:

    African Am. Hist. since 1865 (Spring 2020)

    First Year Seminar

    Identity in Modern America (Open Campus)

    Identity in Modern America

    Independent Senior Project

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Public History in NYC

    Soc for US Intell. Hist. Conf

    Word & Image: African Am. Hist (Spring 2019)