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Academic BackgroundRon teaches courses on Colonial America, The American Revolution, American Survey, Western Civ, The Bebop Era, and graduate seminars in Historiography, and Market Cultures in the Early Modern Atlantic World. His publications include Modernization in Colonial America, 1630-1760 (1987); Colonial America (1994); numerous essays on colonial and jazz figures as author and editor for American National Biography (1998), and over two dozen book reviews and other essays. His current research centers on the interrelationships in 18th and early 19th century Connecticut between republican, liberal and humanitarian discourses and the impact of this dialogue on early modern capitalist and national identities. He is also contemplating a project on audience reception of jazz and the music's impact on racial, gender and political identities since WW II.
When not engaged in these various projects, Ron enjoys mysteries and contemporary fiction, read to the constant soundtrack of jazz, classical music, blues and folk. He runs when the mood strikes and body allows, and lives for those all too-rare kayaking, bass-fishing evenings.
Courses TaughtAFAM 261 The Bebop Era
EDP 690 Independent Study
HIST 161 Western History
HIST 200 Nature of Historical Inquiry
HIST 201 United States History to 1877
HIST 202 U.S.History 1877-Present
HIST 320 American Colonial History
HIST 321 The American Revolution
HIST 322 Era of American Expansion & Civil War
HIST 362 Reading Seminar in History
HIST 363 Internship in Applied History
HIST 371 Reading Course in History
HIST 501 Historiography
HIST 521 Topics in Comparative History
HIST 550 Topics
HIST 571 Grad Reading Course in History
HONR 162 Seminar in Western History
RGC 461 Seminar in Race, Gender & Class