Vaughn Scribner, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
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investigates early American history in a global context, specifically striving
to understand how early modern Britons sought to define (and redefine) their
positions in the empire.
I am currently at work on two books. Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and
the Negotiation of Early American Civil Society (under contract with NYU Press), analyzes early Americans' mercurial attempts at realizing a "civil society" through the lens of the urban tavern, while Merpeople: A Human History (under contract with Reaktion Books UK/ University of Chicago Press USA) uses humanity's long-held obsession with merpeople to gain a deeper understanding of one of the most mysterious, capricious, and dangerous creatures on earth: humans.
published articles and book chapters range from an investigation of how colonists used mineral springs
to transform the natural environment to an analysis of how
eighteenth-century Europeans' investigations of merpeople reveal the science of wonder, and have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Early American Studies, the
Journal of Social History, the
Journal of Early American History, Atlantic
Studies: Global Currents, Urban History, Itinerario, Agricultural History, and the edited volumes, Order
and Civility in the Early Modern Chesapeake and A Cultural History of Leisure in the Enlightenment.