Jeff Forret


Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2003
M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1998
B.A., St. Ambrose University, 1995

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(409) 880-2289


The Leland Best Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Jeff Forret was the University Scholar Award winner for 2016. His most recent book, Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (LSU Press, 2015) won the 18th annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. It also earned an honorable mention in the U.S. history category at the 2016 Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards and was a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Book Prize given by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Dr. Forret received a William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship and an NEH Summer Stipend in support of his next book, a legal history of the coastwise domestic slave trade titled Williams' Gang, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He has also published Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (LSU Press, 2006); Slavery in the United States (Facts on File, 2012), a volume in the Issues and Controversies in American History series; as well as numerous articles that have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Slavery & Abolition, and other journals, anthologies, encyclopedias, and textbooks. He also co-edited, with Christine E. Sears, the anthology New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison (LSU Press, 2015). A social historian specializing in the study of slavery, the South, and nineteenth-century history, Dr. Forret serves as graduate director for the department.