Vaughn Scribner, Ph.D.    Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas  

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My research 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 recently published one book, and have another forthcoming. Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and Early American Civil Society (NYU Press, April 2019) analyzes early Americans' mercurial attempts at realizing a "civil society" through the lens of the urban tavern, while Merpeople: A Human History (releasing Fall 2020 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

My 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 the confluence of human and natural "work" produced a sugar boom in the early modern Caribbean, 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 HistoryItinerarioAgricultural History, and the edited volumes, Order and Civility in the Early Modern Chesapeake and A Cultural History of Leisure in the Enlightenment.

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