Dr. Joshua J. Jeffers

Lecturer

Dr. Joshua J. Jeffers
615-898-2574
Room 223, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, Main Campus (2014)
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University (2009)
  • B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus (2006)

Areas of Expertise

Colonial America
Native America
Early American Republic
Environmental History
Atlantic World

Biography

A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, I received my Ph.D. in history from Purdue University in 2014 where I specialized in Native American and frontier and borderlands history. My research interests also include environmental history, intellectual history, and colonial studies. My current book project, “Native Spaces, Settler Colonial Landscapes, and the Culture of Manifest Destiny: Conceptual Geographies and the Transformations of Ohio Country, 1701-1850,” looks at the intellectual traditions th...

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A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, I received my Ph.D. in history from Purdue University in 2014 where I specialized in Native American and frontier and borderlands history. My research interests also include environmental history, intellectual history, and colonial studies. My current book project, “Native Spaces, Settler Colonial Landscapes, and the Culture of Manifest Destiny: Conceptual Geographies and the Transformations of Ohio Country, 1701-1850,” looks at the intellectual traditions that informed the Ohio landscape from the Great Peace of 1701 through the emergence of American settler colonialism a century later in an effort to map the conceptual transformation of this landscape from a Native homeland to a settler-colonial manifest destiny. The manuscript is under contract with the University of Nebraska Press in the Borderlands and Transcultural Studies series.

Undergraduate Courses Taught
HIST 201: US Survey to 1877; HIST 202: US Survey from 1877

Selected Publications
2013 “Of Laws and Land: The Doctrine of Discovery in History and Historiography.” Maryland Historical Magazine: The Journal of the Maryland Historical Society, Vol. 108, No. 1, pp. 91-115.

Selected Awards
2014 Newberry Library-American Society for Environmental History Research Fellow

Works in Progress
Native Spaces, Settler Colonial Landscapes, and the Culture of Manifest Destiny: Conceptual Geographies and the Transformation of Ohio Country, 1701-1850, under contract with the University of Nebraska Press.

In Review “From Invaders to Indigenes: Settler Colonial Place-Making and the Colonization of the Past in Ohio Country, 1795-1950” Society and Space.

In Review “From Homeland to Borderland: Settling and Unsettling the Middle Ohio Valley, 1727-1774” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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