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Associate Professor - Department Chair
Dissertation: "The Market's Virtue: Law and Political Economy in Jeffersonian Virginia".
Barrett's work examines the origins of American "liberalism" – the union of democracy and capitalism in the nation's Founding. He is specifically interested in the ways American law and courts have adapted to/helped impose a new paradigm for property rights, contracts, capitalization, corporations, etc. in response to the ideology of the American Revolution and Federal Constitution.
Currently, Barrett is revising his dissertation manuscript for publication.
Doctor of Philosophy in History, University of Michigan, 2006
Master of Arts in History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1994
Bachelor or Arts in History, University of Michigan, 1993
Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Faculty Member of the Year Award, Lawrence Technological University
Distinguished Dissertation Award, Department of History, University of Michigan
Distinguished Dissertation Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Dissertation Writing Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Dissertation Writing Grant, Department of History, University of Michigan
Mellon Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Keck Foundation Research Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino CA
Mellon Doctoral Candidacy Fellowship
Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond VA
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
“’Merely a Party Conflict’: The Loyalist Histories of the American Revolution,” M.A. Thesis, University of Virginia, 1994
“Erving v. Craddock: The Politics of Patronage, Boston, 1760-1762,” paper presented at Cornell University, The Politics of Culture / The Culture of Politics, Nov. 15, 1997.
“Eli Whitney,” in Makers of Western Culture, 1800-1914: A Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences, Derek Blakely and John Powell, eds., (Greenwood Press, 1999), pp.242-3.
“England in the Reformation,” in Religious Reform in Europe (Marshall & Cavendish, NY, 1999), pp.80-94.
“The Law of Clientage: Civil Litigation and Debt Culture in Colonial Virginia,” paper presented at the 2001 American Society for Legal History conference, Nov. 8-11, 2001
“The Market’s Virtue: Law and Political Economy in Jeffersonian Virginia; Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties, 1740-1830,” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan, 2006
“’As tho’ touched by a magic wand, our slaves will become freemen’: The Promise and Failure of Grain Husbandry in Jeffersonian Virginia,” paper presented at the 2007 Great Lakes History Conference, Oct. 26-27, 2007
“Honor and Race in the Movement for Manhood Suffrage and the 1829 Virginia Constitutional Convention,” paper presented at the American Society for Legal History 2008 Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2008
“Writing Assessment in the Humanities: Methodology and Culture,” Journal of Assessment 1(Fall 2010), 42-70.
“The Politics of Production in Jeffersonian Virginia,” paper presented at the 2011 American Labor History Association conference, Oct. 20-21, 2011.
SSC2413: Foundations of the American Experience
SSC2423: Development of the American Experience
SSC3143: American Political Tradition
SSC3153: U.S. History to 1877
SSC3163: U.S. History from 1877
SSC3183: American Intellectual Tradition
SSC4133: Problems in International Politics
SSC4173: American Constitutional Law
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