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 is also the 2016 University Scholar Award winner. In addition to the U.S. history surveys, he teaches courses on the Old South, slavery, colonial America, the early republic, antebellum America, and race and sex in American history, among others. A social historian specializing in slavery and southern history, he has published three books with Louisiana State University Press: the monographs Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (2006) and Slave against Slave: Plantation Violence in the Old South (2015) and the co-edited anthology New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community, and Comparison (2015). Slave against Slave earned an honorable mention in the U.S. history category at the 2016 Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards, was a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Book Prize given by the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, and won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He has also written 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. Dr. Forret received a William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship and an NEH Summer Stipend to research his next book, a legal history of the domestic slave trade titled Williams' Gang: A Slave Trader, His Cargo, and Justice in the Old South. He serves as graduate director for the department. See full c.v.