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Richard Chew

Chew, Dr. Richard, PhD

History

Associate Professor

Phone: 804-524-5829
Location: Colson Hall 101-B
Email: rchew@vsu.edu

Education 

  • Ph.D., History, The College of William and Mary, 2002
  • M.A., History, The College of William and Mary, 1992
  • B.A., History and Economics, Bucknell University, 1991  

Academic Positions

Current Positions:

  • 2009-present   Associate Professor of History, Virginia State University
  • 2005-present   Co-Coordinator, Graduate Program in History, Virginia State University 

Previous Positions:

  • 2004-09   Assistant Professor of History, Virginia State University
  • 2003-04   Post-Doctoral Fellow, Program in Early American Economy & Society (PEAES), Library  Company of Philadelphia
  • 2001-03   Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Bucknell University
  • 1999-2000   Writing Preceptor, History Writing Resources Center, The College of William and Mary

Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • HIST 122…Survey of U.S. History to 1865
  • HIST 123…Survey of U.S. History since 1865
  • HIST 401…Colonial America to 1763
  • HIST 405…Revolutionary and Early National Period, 1763-1815
  • HIST 406…Native Americans in Early America
  • HIST 431…History of Virginia
  • HIST 439…American Constitutional History
  • HIST 463…Early Atlantic World
  • HIST 492…American Immigration History

Graduate Courses

  • HIST 501…The Colonial Era in American History
  • HIST 506…Native Americans in Early American History
  • HIST 509…The Philosophy and Theory of History
  • HIST 510…Historiography
  • HIST 513…The Revolutionary Era in American History, 1763-1812
  • HIST 539…A History of the Constitution of the United States
  • HIST 554…Historical Research Methods
  • HIST 555…Thesis
  • HIST 563…Early Atlantic World
  • HIST 592…Coming to America: A History of Immigration to the Americas

Scholarship

Publications

Books

  • Transforming the Engine of Prosperity: The Eclipse of the Atlantic Economy and the Rise of Economic Nationalism in the Early Republic (in preparation for The Johns Hopkins University Press)

Articles

  • “Origins of Mob Town: Social Division and Racial Conflict in the Baltimore Riots of 1812,” MarylandHistorical Magazine, 104:3 (2009): 272-301.
  • “Certain Victims of an International Contagion: The Panic of 1797 and the Hard Times of the 1790s in Baltimore,” Journal of the Early Republic, 25:4 (2005): 565-613.
  • “Unforeseen Troubles: Baltimore’s Atlantic Trade and the Commercial Frustrations of the Confederation Period,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 98:4 (2003): 410-441.

Book Reviews

  • Robert Shalhope, “The Baltimore Bank Riot: Political Upheaval in Antebellum America,”Maryland Historical Magazine, forthcoming in 2011.
  • Seth Rockman, “Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore,”Maryland Historical Magazine, 104:1 (2009): 76-77.
  • Lawrence Peskin, “Manufacturing Revolution: The Intellectual Origins of Early American Industry,” Maryland Historical Magazine, 99:4 (2004): 511-13.
  • John Majewski, “A House Dividing: Economic Development in Pennsylvania and Virginia before the Civil War,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 126:1 (2002): 144-45.
  • Graham Russell Hodges, “Slavery, Freedom, and Culture Among Early American Workers,”The History Teacher, 33:4 (2000): 558-559.
  • George R. Price and James Brewer Stewart, “To Heal the Scourge of Prejudice: The Life and Writings of Hosea Easton,” Journal of the Early Republic, 20:2 (2000): 341-343.
  • Midori Tagaki, “Raising Wolves Among Us: Slavery in Richmond, 1780-1860,” MarylandHistorical Magazine, 94:3 (1999), 369-371.

Fellowships/Grants

  • Tocqueville Seminar on the Atlantic World, University of Richmond, Summer 2010
  • N.E.H. Grant for “Local History in a Global Context: Petersburg’s African American History in the Context of the Atlantic World” (Phase II), Senior Project Member, 2009-10
  • N.E.H. Grant for “Local History in a Global Context: Petersburg’s African American History in the Context of the Atlantic World” (Phase I), Senior Project Member, 2008-09
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Program on Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2003-04
  • Lewis L. Glucksman Teaching Fellowship, The College of William and Mary, 1999-2000
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, “Seminar on Postmodern Theory and Practice,” summer 1997
  • Research Fellowship, Philadelphia [McNeil] Center for Early American Studies, 1994-95
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowships, The College of William and Mary, 1991-1996

Conferences/Public Presentations

Chair/Commentator for Conference Panels:

  • 2010…Virginia Forum—Tidewater Virginia and Its People
  • 2010…Virginia Social Sciences Association—20th Century Virginia History
  • 2005…Conference on African Americans and the Civil War (CAACW)—Slavery and Abolitionism before the Civil War

Papers Presented

  • 2010…Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Colloquium: “The Semiotics of the Manufacturing Revolution: Cultural Identification and Economic Realities in Early Baltimore City Directories”
  • 2009…Virginia Social Sciences Association: “The Semiotics of the Manufacturing Revolution”
  • 2009…VSU Academy for Faculty Development: “The Exclusionary Myth and the Case for Retaining the Atlantic World Approach in American Historiography”
  • 2008…Virginia Forum: “Neo-Mercantilism, American Style: James Madison and the Virginia Port Bill of 1784”
  • 2008…Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR): “The Semiotics of the Manufacturing Revolution”
  • 2008…N.E.H. Workshop on War, Reconstruction and Civil Rights, 1861-1965: “Reconstruction Betrayed: The Courts’ Constitutional End-Run around the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments”
  • 2007…N.E.H. Workshop on Slavery and the Emergence of the Atlantic Economy: “Petersburg and the Tobacco Trade in the Early Modern Economy”
  • 2006…VSU Academy for Faculty Development: “Rip Van Winkle, Peter Rugg, and the Idea of a Market Revolution”
  • 2005…Authors and Artifacts Series, Maryland Historical Society: “Baltimore’s Maritime Trade after the Revolution”
  • 2004…Southampton County (VA) Historical Society: “Sir Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton, and the Founding of Virginia”
  • 2004…Program in Early American Economy & Society (PEAES) Colloquium: “Interests at Odds with Empire: Currency, the Coastal Trade, and the Making of American Nationhood”
  • 2003…Program in Early American Economy & Society (PEAES) Conference: “Unforeseen Troubles: Baltimore’s Atlantic Trade and the Commercial Frustrations of the Confederation Period”
  • 2000…Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR): “The Panic of 1797 and the Eclipse of the Household Economy”
  • 1999…Peoples and Places in Time: Baltimore’s Changing Landscape at Univ. of Baltimore: "The Origins of Baltimore's Working Class, 1790-1820"
  • 1999…Southampton County (VA) Historical Society: “Sir Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton, and the Founding of Virginia”
  • 1998…Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Conference: “The Tragedy of the Monumental City: Origins and Meanings in the Baltimore Riots of 1812”
  • 1998…Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR): “The Consequences of U.S. Nationhood: The Evolution of Nationalism in Baltimore, 1783-1814”
  • 1996…Making Diversity Work: 250 Years of Baltimore History at Univ. of Baltimore: “The Tragedy of the Monumental City”
  • 1995…Pennsylvania Historical Association: “Baltimore’s Challenge to the Mid-Atlantic: The Market Revolution in Western Pennsylvania”
  • 1995…Philadelphia [McNeil] Center for Early American Studies seminar series: “The Mid-Atlantic’s New City: Baltimore in 1798”
  • 1994...UNC-Charlotte Graduate Student Conference: "John Jack Rousseau in America"

Academic Service

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Social Sciences Association, Board Member, 2011-present
  • Virginia Social Sciences Association, Newsletter Editor, 2011-present

Faculty Senate, Virginia State University

  • Pay Equity Task Force, Chair, 2011-present
  • Vice Chair, 2009-11
  • Department Representative, 2007-09
  • Admissions and Retention Committee, 2007-present

University Governance, Virginia State University

  • Strategic Planning Task Force, 2011-12
  • University Council, 2009-11
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Budget, 2010
  • Vice President for Student Affairs Enrollment Task Force, 2008-09
 

University Committees, Virginia State University

  • VSU Business and Industry Cluster, 2007-10; co-chair, Programs Committee, 2009-10
  • Institute for the Study of Race Relations, steering committee member, 2005-09 

Committee Assignments and Appointments, Department of History & Philosophy, Virginia State University

  • Graduate Program (2004-present); co-chair, 2005-present
  • Scheduling Advisory Committee (2004-present)
  • Accreditation Committee (2009-present)
  • Curriculum Committee (2009-present)
  • Technology and Distance Ed Committee (2009-present)
  • History Club advisor, 2004-09
  • Phi Alpha Theta National Honors Society, advisor, 2004-09
  • Pedagogy Committee, 2007-09
  • Recruitment & Retention Committee, 2004-09
  • Search Committees (2004-05, 2005-06, two in 2006-07, 2011-12)

And Of Course...

Parent Volunteer, Matthew Whaley Elementary School

  • Mrs. White’s Third Grade Class, 2011-12
  • Mrs. Mullenax’s Second Grade Class, 2010-11
  • Mrs. Brigham’s First Grade Class, 2009-10

Williamsburg Youth Baseball League

  • Asst Coach, 9-10 Yr-Old [Majors] Red Sox, Spring 2012
  • Asst Coach, 9-10 Yr-Old Rockies, Fall 2011
  • Head Coach, 8-Yr Old Machine-Pitch Phillies, Spring 2011
  • Asst Coach, 7-Yr Old Machine-Pitch Yankees, Spring 2010
 

Williamsburg Parks & Recreation Youth Basketball League

  • Head Coach, 8&Under Nuggets, Winter 2011-12
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