Michael Hoppin Read

University of Rochester

364 Rush Rhees Library

Rochester, New York 14627

michael.read [at] rochester.edu



University of Rochester, 2011–2019 (expected)                                           Rochester, New York

PhD Candidate in History

Dissertation: "The Generations of Captivity: Power, Sympathy, and the State, 1675–1896"

SUNY Cortland, 2009–2011                                                                                     Cortland, New York

M.A. in History

University of Puget Sound, 2001–2005                                                                   Tacoma, Washington

B.A. in History with Honors



HIS 101: Shaping the Contemporary World, Spring 2017                                      Siena College

HIS 196: Native Americas, Summer 2015                                                                             University of Rochester

HIS 219: Seward Family in Peace and War (TA), Spring 2013                            University of Rochester

HIS 219: William Seward's Civil War (TA), Fall 2012                                              University of Rochester

HIS 299: Field and Res. Methods in Archaeology (TA), Sum 2012                Smiths Island, Bermuda



Colonial North America; Early and Antebellum United States; Native American; Atlantic; History of the Book; Race and Slavery; Problems in U.S. Cultural, Intellectual, and Political History



Managing Editor, Reviews in American History, 2017–2018                              Rochester, New York

Assistant Editor, Reviews in American History, 2015–2016                               Rochester, New York

TEI Manager, Seward Family Papers Project, 2014–2015                            Rochester, New York

Associate Editor, Seward Family Papers Project, 2013–2014                       Rochester, New York

Assistant Editor, Seward Family Papers Project, 2012–2013                        Rochester, New York



Review of Timothy J. Shannon, Indian Captive, Indian King: Peter Williamson in American and Britain (     2018) in the Pennsylvania Magazine of Biography and History (forthcoming).

Review of Molly Varley, Americans Recaptured: Progressive Era Memory of Frontier Captivity (2014) in 97.2             New York History (Winter, 2017).

Entries on "Mourning Wars" and "Kateri Tekakwitha" in David Head, ed., Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World (SAGE, 2018).




David B. Parker Memorial Award, Best exemplifies qualities of historical imagination and dedication to learning (History Department), 2015

VanDeusen Award, Supports a fourth-year student's dissertation research (History Department),      2014

William F. Harkins Jr. Prize, Best Graduate Student Seminar Paper (History Department), 2013

Meyers Graduate Teaching Award, Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching (History Department),             2013



Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016–2017

Verne Moore Fellowship, 2015–2016

History Department Fellowship, 2013–2015

Folger Library Travel Grant-in-Aid, "Researching the Archive," year-long seminar, Folger

         Library, 2013–2014

Departmental Travel Award, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Victoria, BC, June 2013

Dean Slattery Fellowship, 2011–2013



Academic Engagement

“A State of Suffering: Petitions and Memorials from the Borderland in the early Republic,” paper at  SHEAR 2018, 18–22 July 2018. (Accepted)

"Regenerating Violence, Anglo-Indian Trauma and Its Uses in the Early Republic,” panel organizer  at SHEAR 2018, 18–22 July 2018. (Accepted)

“Divided Sympathies: Martial Suffering and the State in the Early Republic,” Upstate Early American Workshop, Binghamton University, 10 March 2017.

"The 'Moral Monster' of Deseret: Unsettling Literature and American Politics in the Nineteenth  Century," roundtable presentation at "Unsettling," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century   Americanists, State College, 17–20 March 2016.

“Mapping the Literature of Suffering and Settler-Colonialism,” seminar paper, at "Unsettling," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, State College, 17–20 March 2016.

"Gatherings of Flesh and Blood: The Circulation of Captives and Captivity Literature during the Long Eighteenth Century," paper at Bustle and Stir: Movement and Exchange in Early America,  McNeil Center for Early American Studies Biennial Interdisciplinary Graduate Student     Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 8–10, 2015.

“‘Till They Again See Their Flesh and Blood’: Contesting Prisoners and Power, 1744–1768,” Albion   Tourgée paper workshop, 26 March 2015.

Public Engagement

"Art in Early America," four-part guest lecture series at the Highlands, May­­–June 2018.

"No Peace at Home: Frances Miller Seward and the American Civil War," invited talk at the Chatterbox Club, Rochester, NY, October 2015.

"'An Unknown River to Explore': John Wesley Powell Making History at the Bottom of the West,"   guest lecture at the Highlands, April 2015.

"Finding No Peace at Home: Frances Miller Seward and the American Civil War," guest lecture at    the Highlands, November 2014.

"Books and Biography: Thomas Hariot, Benjamin Franklin, Mary Jemison, and Frederick Douglass,"  four-part guest lecture series at the Highlands, April–May 2014

“Slouching Toward Auburn: The Seward Family in the Digital Age,” invited speaker to the Special  Collections Roundtable of Upstate New York, Rochester, NY, May 2013.

“The Atlantic and Global Worlds of the Tuckers,” co-presenter with Professor Mike Jarvis, St. Georges, Bermuda, June 2012



"Be Humble," guest instructor, Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), Buffalo, NY,  21 June   2017.

“Book Production and Social Practice in Early Modern Europe and America,” Rare Book School week-long seminar, Houghton Library, Harvard University, 9–13 Jan. 2017. Convened by: Ann Blair and David Hall.

“Settler Colonialism and Territorial Expansion," C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century      Americanists week-long seminar, State College, 17–20 March 2016. Convened by: Amy Greenberg and Ari Kelman.

"Researching the Archive," year-long seminar, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., 2013– 2014. Convened by: Karen O. Kupperman and Peter Stallybrass.



Co-Manager Mitch Gruber for City Council At-Large, 2017                                                  Rochester, NY

Multi-Day River Guide (Green, Colorado, and Yampa Rivers), 2006–2009                      Moab, Utah



Member of the Advisory Committee to the River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, 2014–2016

Vice-President of the Graduate History Society, University of Rochester, 2012–2013

Academic Programming Committee Member, Graduate Organizing Group, 2012–2013


Member, American Historical Association, 2008–present