James Alexander (Alec) Dun
James Alexander (“Alec”) Dun is an early American historian. His scholarly interests—in race and identity, radicalism and revolution, slavery and antislavery—lead him to focus particularly on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in America. Those same interests, however, widen the boundaries of this “America” to include the Caribbean and, in some ways, the greater Atlantic basin as a whole.
Professor Dun received his B.A. from Amherst College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton. His first book, Dangerous Neighbors: Making the Haitian Revolution in Early America, explores the meanings Americans gave to the events in Saint Domingue/Haiti and the uses they put them to in order to parse the changing ways various American groups imagined their own nation, its Revolution, and its racial future.
Professor Dun teaches courses in Revolutionary-era and early national American history, as well as courses treating aspects of Caribbean history, comparative slavery and emancipation, and the era of Atlantic Revolutions.
“(Mis)reading the Revolution: Philadelphia and ‘St. Domingo,’ 1789-1792” in Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler, eds., Haiti and the Early United States: Histories, Geographies, Textualities (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). (See more here)
“Atlantic Antislavery, American Abolition: The Problem of Slavery in an Age of Disruption,” in Andrew Shankman, ed., The World of the Revolutionary Republic: Expansion, Conflict, and the Struggle for a Continent (New York: Routledge, 2014). (See more here)
"Atlantic Thermidor," Common-Place.org, July 2012.
“Philadelphia not Philanthropolis: the Limits of the Pennsylvanian Antislavery in the Era of the Haitian Revolution,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 135, no. 1 (January 2011): 73-102. (Link to article)
“‘What avenues of commerce, will you, Americans, not explore!’: Commercial Philadelphia’s Vantage onto the Early Haitian Revolution,” William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser., vol. LXIII, no. 3 (July 2005): 473-504. (Link to article)