Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


OI Author Series

The Omohundro Institute Author Series is offered as part of the OI's commitment to introducing its authors and their work in Early American scholarship directly to public audiences.

The third OI Author Series talk was presented on January 30, 2018, in New York and featured Robert Parkinson, author of The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the Revolution (2016). Professor Parkinson is Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University. He was the 2006–2008 OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the OI. The Common Cause received the 2017 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians and the 2017 AEJMC History Division Book Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2017).

The second OI Author Series talk was presented on January 31, 2017, in New York and featured Gregory O’Malley, author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619–1807. Professor O’Malley is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz and serves as a member of the OI’s Council. He was the 2011 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the OI. He published Final Passages in 2014 with the OI. The book has since won several prizes for helping redraw the map of forced African migrations during the slave trade era.

The first OI Author Series talk was presented in New York on January 15, 2015, by Annette Gordon-Reed, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. Author of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, co-written with Peter S. Onuf (University of Virginia) in 2016, Professor Gordon-Reed also won the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008). In October 2014, Professor Gordon-Reed published “Writing Early American Lives as Biography” in the OI's William and Mary Quarterly.

Please contact Shawn Holl at saholl@wm.edu if you would like to be notified if a lecture is planned for your area.