Adam Dean, PhD

Assistant Professor of History



505 Brevard #3A


  • PhD in United States History
    University of Virginia, 2010
  • MA in United States History
    University of Virginia, 2006
  • BA in History
    University of California, 2005


  • July 11 – Present – Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College
  • June 10-11 – Jefferson Fellowship Program Coordinator, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Fall 10 – Adjunct Professor, University of Richmond
  • Summer and Fall 10 – Adjunct Professor, University of Virginia
  • April 08 – September 08 – Natural Resources Technician, Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Fall 06 – 09 – Instructor, University of Virginia

Teaching Areas

  • The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • United States History Survey
  • Shaping the Modern World, 1943-1991
  • History of the Machine Age: Technology in American Society, TA to John K. Brown
  • American History to 1865, TA to Joseph J. Kett
  • History of the Civil Rights Movement, TA to Julian Bond
  • American Military History, TA to Gary W. Gallagher

Publications, Presentations, and Research

Publications: Books

Publications: Refereed Articles

  • “Natural Glory in the Midst of War: The Establishment of Yosemite State Park,” Civil War History 4 (2010): 386-419
  • “‘Who Controls the Past Controls the Future': Southern Textbooks in an Era of Civil Rights,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 117 (2009): 315-55

Publications: Other Scholarly Articles

  • “Horse Soldiers: George Moulton and the Second New Jersey Cavalry,” Aleph: UCLA Undergraduate Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2005): 115-135
  • “The Madres de la Plaza de Mayo: Subversion of the Military Government,” Quaestio UCLA Undergraduate History Journal 3 (June 2005): 7-11

Publications: Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Articles, Websites

  • Margaret T. Peters, Conserving the Commonwealth: The Early Years of the Environmental Movement in Virginia, Environmental History 15 (2010): 341-42
  • “Technology, Industry & Innovation,” Pennsylvania Heritage Society for the
    150th Anniversary of the American Civil War
  • “James Fenimore Cooper,” in Kathleen A. Brosnan, ed., 4 vols., Encyclopedia of American Environmental History (New York: Facts on File, 2010)
  • Pierre Nora, ed., Rethinking France: Les Lieux de Mémoire, Volume 2: Space, Virginia Quarterly Review 83 (2007): 301

Conference Presentations

  • “‘A Higher Law than the Constitution;’ The Republican Party and United States Nationalism,” American Historical Association Conference, Boston, MA, January 2011
  • “An Agrarian Republic: Northern Nationalism During the Civil War,” The Society of Civil War Historians Biennial Academic Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2010
  • “The Creation of Wartime Union Nationalism,” Society for History in the Federal Government Conference, College Park, MD, March 2010
  • “‘Rude and Nature-Murdering Tillage:’ The Environmental Origins of Anti-Slavery Politics,” American Society for Environmental History Conference, Portland, OR, February 2010
  • “‘The Destiny of the New World and the Duty of a Republican Government’ The Foundation of Yosemite State Park,” American Society for Environmental History Conference, Tallahassee, FL, February 2009
  • “‘Who Controls the Past Controls the Future:’ Southern Textbooks in an Era of Civil Rights,” Jefferson Scholars Foundation Academic Conference, Charlottesville, VA, February 2007

Honors and Awards

  • William C. Coleman McGhee Award for Best Article by a Graduate Student, July 2010
    Given by the Virginia Historical Society for “Who Controls the Past, Controls the Future”
  • John L. Nau III Fellow, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, University of Virginia, 2005-
  • Gary D. Nash Award for Best Honors Thesis in American History, UCLA, 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Society of Civil War Historians
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Alumnus of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellowship Program

Personal Information

I enjoy writing, teaching, running, cycling, fly-fishing, and hiking with my dog.