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Dr Kevin Waite

Assistant Professor (Modern American History) in the Department of History

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Kevin Waite is a political historian of the 19th century United States with a focus on slavery, imperialism, and the American West. His book project explores Southern visions of empire in the Pacific world and the expansion of a proslavery political agenda across the American West during the Civil War era. Recent publications have examined the slaveholding campaign for an American transcontinental railroad as well as the culture of manliness in Napoleonic-era English public schools. In an ongoing side project, he is researching the rise of the KKK in post-Civil War California. He is also interested in the exile communities of former rebels that dispersed across the globe after the Confederate surrender in 1865. His short-form writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the History News NetworkWe're HistorySlateRaw Story, and TIME.

He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cambridge, and Williams College. For links to his articles and c.v., click here

Research Groups

Department of History

Research Projects

Department of History

Teaching Areas

  • HIST1611 The Rise and Fall of American Slavery, 1607-1865


Journal Article

  • Waite, Kevin (2016). Jefferson Davis and Proslavery Visions of Empire in the Far West. Journal of the Civil War Era 6(4): 536-565.
  • Waite, Kevin (2014). Beating Napoleon at Eton: Violence, Sport and Manliness in England's Public Schools, 1783-1815. Cultural and Social History 11(3): 407-424.