Mark de Vries
Mark de Vries is an assistant professor at the Institute for History.
In April 2015 I defended my PhD dissertation, The Politics of Terror - Enforcing Reconstruction in Louisiana’s Red River Valley, on the role of terrorism in undermining civil and political equality for African Americans in the American South following the Civil War. Based on a case study of Louisiana’s Red River Valley, my thesis shows that Reconstruction was not so much an ‘Unfinished Revolution’ as an all-out capitulation by the national government in the face terrorists committed to white supremacy.
Currently I am working on a project that expands the narrative of Reconstruction beyond the South, focusing on Northern debates provoked by the ratification of the postwar Constitutional Amendments. These Amendments had the potential to radically alter both the scope and the locus of American citizenship, by including previously excluded minorities and investing the national government (rather than the individual states) with the authority to define and enforce the rights that citizenship conferred. Reframing the era as more than a political struggle between a unified, progressive North and defeated, reactionary (white) South, I hope to show that Reconstruction was, instead, a period of widespread contention over the boundaries of citizenship that cut across geographic divisions and sharply divided the North itself.
2015 – Present: Postdoctoral researcher and Assistant Professor at Leiden University, History Department.
2014 – 2015: Associate Lecturer at Leiden University, Utrecht University, and the University of Amsterdam.
2010 – 2014: PhD-fellow, University of Leiden, History Department.
2007 – 2009: Research Master in History, University of Amsterdam (cum laude).
2003 – 2007: Bachelor in History, University of Amsterdam, with minors in Political Philosophy and Portuguese Language and Culture.
I have taught courses on a wide variety of topics and at all levels. These include specialized seminars related to my research on the American Civil War Era, but also general lectures and seminars on contemporary European history, 19 th and 20 th century American history, and contemporary American politics. In addition I have taught English and Dutch academic writing at all levels.
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