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

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Articles and Chapters

I published one article (Atlantic Studies, December 2013) that examines how elite colonial tavern goers attempted to become more cosmopolitan members of the British Empire. I have another article (Journal of Early American History, April 2015) that uncovers social differentiation patterns through the southern tavern space. 

Beyond colonial tavern culture, my research explores other facets of the British Empire, including a chapter in Order and Civility in the Early Modern Chesapeake (2014), which investigates the commodification of African slaves in the colonial Chesapeake, an article (Early American Studies, Summer 2016) that reveals how colonists used mineral springs to connect with and transform the natural environment, and another article (Journal of Social History) that uses George Whitefield and Lewis Hallam to re-examine the concurrent rise of professional theater and evangelical religion in colonial America. 

Recently, I have focused on science and the environment in early America. One article (Urban History utilizes commercial pleasure gardens to understand how colonists crafted their cities around notions of agrarian urbanism, while another co-authored article (Agricultural Historyuses a scientific definition of "work" to rethink our understanding of early modern Caribbean sugar production, slavery, and the environment. Another piece (Itinerarioanalyzes how eighteenth-century Europeans' investigations of mermaids and tritons provide key insights into the science of wonder, while my most recent chapter (forthcoming in A Cultural History of Leisure in the Enlightenment) uses early modern British public green spaces to investigate the urban-rural dyad in Enlightenment thought.