W. Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History



The Department of History, The Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre Colorado Springs, CO  80903-Tel: 719 / 389 - 6839 - e-mail: bruiz@coloradocollege.edu

 

Faculty Positions

The Colorado College

Associate Professor of History, 2003-Present

Assistant Professor of History, 1999-2003

Instructor of History, 1997-1999

Visiting Instructor of History, 1996-1997

 

Yale University

Faculty Research Fellow, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Fall 2001

 

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

PhD., History, 1999

Atlantic Revolutions: Slavery and Freedom in Newport, Rhode Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Age of the American Revolution

A.M. -- History

December 1995

 

University of California, Berkeley

A.B. – Honors in History

December 1992

 

 

Areas of Scholarship and Teaching

 

Atlantic World; Black Atlantic, United States History, 1776-Present; US South; African American History, 1500-Present; American Popular Culture; Film and History; World History

 

           

Academic Awards and Honors

Social Science Executive Council Research Grants, The Colorado College,

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007

Faculty Research Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2001

Research Fellow, The Gilder Lehrman Institute for the Study of American History, 2001

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor, 2000 – 2002

Dean’s Research Grant, The Colorado College, 1997-1998

Minority Scholar In Residence Fellow, The Colorado College, 1996-1997

Hayes-Fulbright Research Fellwship (Canada), 1996-1997 (Declined)

Rackham Merit Scholar Fellowship (University of Michigan), 1993 – 1996

Rackham Dissertation Grant (University of Michigan), 1995 – 1996

Consortium for Institutional Cooperation Dissertation Grant, 1995

Center for African and African American Studies Research Grant, 1995

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

 

Publications

Book:

Between African and Colored: The Black Atlantic and African Americans in Rhode Island and Nova Scotia, 1750-1850 (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008)

 

From Atlantic to Southern: The Transformation of Charleston, 1670-1877 (Athens: The University of Georgia Press, Forthcoming)

 

American History, American Cinema: History, Hollywood, and Representing the American Past (under review with Yale University Press)

Articles and Essays:

"'Vindictive Ferocity': Virginia Responds to the Nat Turner Rebellion," in Enemies of Humanity: The Nineteenth Century War on Terrorism, Isaac Land ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan Press, Forthcoming).

 

"Colonizing the Black Atlantic: The African Colonization Movements in Post-War Rhode Island and Nova Scotia," Slavery and Abolition (December, 2006)

 

"Re-Imaging and Re-Imagining History: African American History in Hypertext." Rethinking History: A Journal of Theory and Practice (September, 2006).

 

"Redeeming Lincoln, Redeeming the South: Representations of Abraham Lincoln in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation and Historical Scholarship", in Hollywood's White House, Peter C. Rollins and John O'Conner eds. (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, Spring 2003).

 

"Did the Counterculture Hinder America's Effort During the Vietnam Conflict? No."  In History in Dispute, Vol. VI, the Cold War, Ed. D. Showalter, P. du Quenoy (Detroit: St. James Press, 2000).

 

"Was Lyndon Johnson's Presidential Administration an Extension of John F. Kennedy's? - Yes," in History in Dispute, Vol. VI, the Cold War, ed. D. Showalter, P.du Quenoy (Detroit: St.James Press, 2000).

 

"Rethinking Margin and Center: African American History in Cyberspace," Computers in the Historical Classroom Conference Proceedings, 1999.

 

Manuscript Reviews:

 

Hollywood's America: United States History through Its Films, Third Edition. Steven Mintz and Randy Roberts, eds. Reviewed for Brandywing Press.

 

The African American Experience. Joseph Trotter. Reviewed for Houghton Mifflin.

Book Reviews:

Harvey Amani Whitfield, Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1515-1860 (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2006). The Journal of he Early Republic (Fall, 2007).

 

Beth A. Salerno, Sister Societies: Women’s Antislavery Organizations in Antebellum America (Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005) and Eric Burin, Slavery and the Peculiar Solution: A History of the American Colonization Society (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005). The Journal of the Early Republic (Spring 2007).

 

Elizabeth Mancke, The Fault Lines of Empire: Political Differentiation in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, ca.1760-1830 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005). The Journal of the Early Republic (Winter 2007)

 

Simon Schama, Rough Crossings: Britain, The Slaves, and the American Revolution, (New York: Harper Collins, 2006). The New York Journal of American History (Fall, 2006).

 

David Brion Davis, In the Image of God: Moral Values and our Heritage of Slavery. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001). Religious Studies Review.

 

The Black Loyalist Directory: African Americans in Exile after the American Revolution. Edited and Introduction by Graham Russell Hodges. Transcription and Index by Susan Hawkes Cooke. New York History (March 1997).

 

Conference and Academic Presentations

"Race, Violence, and the Making of Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Providence, Rhode Island." American Studies Association Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October, 2007

 

"Urban Violence and the Making of Race in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824-1842." The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii. July, 2007.

 

"Negotiating Politics and Festivals: Liberalism, Race, and Historical Memory in the Black Atlantic" American Studies Association. Oakland, California. October, 2006.

 

"Reconciling The Horror: Virginia's Response to The Nat Turner Rebellion." The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. Corvallis Oregon. August, 2005.

 

"'The Feeling Against the Colored People Was Very Bitter': Emancipation, Race, and Historical Memory in Nova Scotia." New England Historical Society. April, 2005.

 

"Creoles and Colonization: African Colonization Movements in Post-War Rhode Island and Nova Scotia," Society of Historians of the Early American Republic Conference. Providence, Rhode Island. July 2004.

 

"Creoles and Colonization: African Colonization Movements in Post-War Rhode Island and Nova Scotia." Slavery and Slave Trade Conference, Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Boston, MA. April 2004.

 

"Film and History: Cinema, Ideology, and Representations of the Past," University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs, CO. November 2002.

 

"Mythologizing America: Ideology and History in Western History and Film." The American West(s) in Film, TV, and History Conference.  The Film and History League. Kansas City, Missouri. November 2002.

 

"Redeeming the Nation: Lincoln, Race, and Reconstruction in Civil War Films and Historiography." The Southwest Regional American Culture Association/ Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March, 2001.

 

"Redeeming Lincoln, Redeeming the South: Representations of Abraham Lincoln in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation and Historical Scholarship." The Presidency in Film and Television Conference, Sponsored by the Film and History League, Los Angeles, California, November 2000.

 

"'This Country Is As Much Ours As It Is The Whites': Slavery, Freedom and Race in Revolutionary Rhode Island and Nova Scotia." The Omohundro Institute Of Early American History and Culture Conference, Toronto, Ontario, June 2000.

 

"Atlantic Revolutions: Slavery and Freedom in the Revolutionary North Atlantic." The Organization of American Historians Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2000.

 

"Rethinking Margin and Center: African American History in Cyberspace." Computers in History Classrooms Conference, Skidmore College, June 1999.

 

"Subjects and Citizens: Atlantic Africans in Revolutionary Newport and Halifax." The Consortium for Intercollegiate Cooperation annual meeting, University of Illinois – Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, November 1996.

 

"'Negroes and Persons Inimical to the American Cause': African Americans and the New York Revolutionary Committees, 1775 – 1781." The British Studies Conference on Multicultural Britain, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 1996.

 

Teaching

The Colorado College

 

  • The American Past: Survey in American History, 1607-Preset
  • Contesting Colonialism: Resistance, Rebellion, and Revolution in the Americas
  • Colonial British America
  • Western Civilization: Myth and History
  • The American Revolution
  • Western Civilization: The Atlantic World
  • The Early Republic: US History, 1789-1861
  • American Revolutions: The Revolutionary Experience in American History from Independence through the Civil Rights Movement
  • Slavery and Antislavery Movements in American History
  • American History, American Cinema: Historians, Hollywood, and Representing the American Past
  • Black History Since the Civil War
  • Advanced Seminar in American Labor History
  • Slavery and Freedom in American History, 1607-Present
  • Society, Culture, and History: Comparative Civilizations from the Ancient Period to the Present
  • The Old Dominion: Virginia from Settlement to Nat Turner's Rebellion
  • Advanced Seminar: Race and Power in Early American History
  • Studying History: Historiography and Methodology
  • Race in America, 1607-Present
  • Defining and Redefining the Self: Identity Construction in Historical and Psychological Perspective
  • Advanced Seminar: Religion, Witchcraft, and the Occult
  • Historical Research and Methodology
  • Myth and History

The University of Michigan

Graduate Student Coordinator: Summer Research Opportunities Program for Minority Undergraduate Students; Summer Institute for Rackham Merit Fellows (1995 – 1996)

 

Graduate Student Assistant: United States History, 1865 – Present (1995)

 

Institutional Service

1996 - Present: The Colorado College

  • Associate Chair, Department of History, 2007-
  • Social Science Executive Committee, 2007-
  • Priddy Summer Bridge Program: Instructor and Mentor, 2004-Present
  • Curriculum Committee, 1999-2001
  • Faculty Executive Committee, Personnel Subcommittee, 2004-2005
  • American Cultural Studies, Steering Committee, 1999-2003
  • Faculty Executive Committee, Governance Subcommittee, 2002-2003
  • Urban Studies Advisor, 2000 –2003
  • Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2001 – 2002  
  • Minority Concerns Representative, Sociology Search Committee, 2001 - 2002
  •  Instructor, The Daniels Program for High School Student Outreach
  • Minority Concerns Representative, Sociology Search Committee 2000- 2001
  •  Social Science Representative, Humanities-Academic Technology Specialist Search Committee
  • Social Science Search Committee, Academic Technology Specialist, Social Science Division
  • Minority Concerns Representative, Interim-Interdisciplinary Librarian Search Committee
  • The Colorado College Faculty Representative for the Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American Polity
  • Minority Concerns Representative, Legal Council Search Committee
  • Minority Concerns Committee, 2005-2006
  • Panelist on African Americans in Colorado Springs' History for Junior and Senior High School Students held at the U.S.Air Force Service Academy, 1998
  • Minority Concerns Committee, 1998-2000
      

Professional Service

Graduate Student Assistant, The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, 1996.

 

Professional Organizations

  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Society of Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • The Film and History League
  • Phi Alpha Theta