James Alexander (“Alec”) Dun is an early American historian. His scholarly interests include issues of revolution and radicalism, race and identity, and slavery and antislavery—interests which lead him to focus particularly on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in America. These same interests, however, widen the boundaries of this “America” to include the Caribbean and, in some sense, the greater Atlantic world as a whole.
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.
“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).
“The ‘times is much altred’: Elizabeth Drinker’s servants and the Age of Revolutions,” in Jeremy Popkin, ed., Stories of St. Domingue, Stories of Haiti: Representing the Haitian Revolution, 1789-2009 (volume currently under review).
“(Mis)reading the Revolution: Philadelphia and ‘Santo Domingo,’ 1789-1792” in Elizabeth Maddock Dillon and Michael Drexler, eds., Early America and the Haitian Revolution (volume currently under review).
“‘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.