U.S. History: colonial and revolutionary America, race, gender, religion, Southern history, Virginia history
Randolph Scully is a social and cultural historian of early America, with a particular focus on issues of religion, race, and gender. A graduate of Williams College, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and began teaching at George Mason the same year.
His book, Religion and the Making of Nat Turner’s Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840 (University of Virginia Press, 2008), won the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer prize for best first book on church history from the American Society of Church History in 2009. He has also published articles in the Journal of the Early Republic and Explorations in Early American Culture. He has held fellowships from the Pew Program in Religion and American History and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
His current research project, “The Household Politics of Antislavery in the Early American South” explores the possibilities and limits of change in the Revolutionary era by reexamining both the rhetoric and the household organization of opponents of slavery in the emerging southern states.
Religion and the Making of Nat Turner’s Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict, 1740-1840 (University of Virginia Press, 2008). Winner of the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer prize from the American Society of Church History.
“‘I Come Here Before You Did and I Shall Not Go Away’: Race, Gender, and Evangelical Community on the Eve of the Nat Turner Rebellion,” Journal of the Early Republic 27:4 (Winter 2007): 661-684.
“‘Somewhat Liberated’: Baptist Discourses of Race and Slavery in Nat Turner’s Virginia, 1770-1840,” Explorations in Early American Culture 5 (2001): 328-371.
History 125: Introduction to World History
History 300: Introduction to Historical Method: Slavery and Resistance in Virginia
History 389: Slavery and the American Founding
History 389: War of 1812
History 391: Virginia to 1800
History 401: Colonial America
History 403: Revolutionary America
History 535/615/635: Oceans & Empires: The Early Modern Atlantic World
History 610: The Study and Writing of History
History 613: Colonial North America
History 615: Gender and Sexuality in Early America
History 615: Race, Slavery, and the American Founding
History 615: Slavery and Freedom in America
History 618: The Age of Jackson
History 620: The Early American Republic
History 631: The Era of the American Revolution
History 661: Religion in North America to 1860
Honors 130: Identity, Community, and Difference: Colonial American Lives
Honors 240: Reading the Past: Slavery and the Founding of the U.S.
Sara Collini, Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America, 1750-1820 (2020)
Steven Harris-Scott, Northern Virginia, A Land Apart: Bound Labor in Virginia’s Upper Northern Neck, 1645-1710 (2016)
Thomas Kurt Knoerl, Empire in the Hold: The British Maritime Cultural Landscape in the Western Great Lakes 1759-1796 (2012)