Charter Fellows

Charter Fellows2018-02-14T05:07:42+00:00

Douglas Ambrose

Ambrose is professor of history at Hamilton College, where he has taught since 1990. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Binghamton. His teaching and research interests include early America, the Old South, and American religious history. His publications include Henry Hughes and Proslavery Thought in the Old South (LSU 1996) and The Many Faces of Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Elusive Founding Father (NYU 2006), a volume he co-edited with Hamilton colleague Robert W. T. Martin. He has also written numerous articles, book reviews and encyclopedia entries about Southern slavery and Southern intellectual life. Ambrose is a recipient of Hamilton College’s Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.

James Bradfield

Bradfield is the Elias W. Leavenworth Professor of Economics at Hamilton College. He teaches courses in microeconomics and in the theory of financial markets. With Robert Paquette, he teaches a course on the role of property, both as a concept and as an institution, in the rise of the modern state. To an important extent, the AHI is an outgrowth of that course. Professor Bradfield has written (with Jeffrey Baldani and Robert Turner) Mathematical Economics, now published in a second edition (2005) by Thomson-Southwestern Learning, and Introduction to the Economics of Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2007). Known for years as an excellent teacher and academic advisor, he was awarded a prize for excellence in teaching in 2006 by the Hamilton Chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. In 2007, the Student Assembly of Hamilton College awarded him the Sidney Wertimer, Jr., prize for excellence in teaching. He is now working on a book that will explain for a lay audience what academic economists have learned about how, and how well, financial markets promote mutually beneficial exchanges.

Robert L. Paquette

Paquette received his B. A. cum laude in 1973 from Bowling Green State University; he received his Ph. D. with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester.  He has published dozens of books and articles on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (Wesleyan University Press, 1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history. More recently, his essay “Of Facts and Fables: New Light on the Denmark Vesey Affair” (co-authored with Douglas Egerton) won the Malcolm C. Clark Award, given by the South Carolina Historical Society. He has co-edited (with Stanley Engerman) The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion (University Press of Florida, 1996);  (with Louis A. Ferleger) Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (University Press of Virginia, 2000); (with Stanley Engerman and Seymour Drescher) Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2001); (with Mark M. Smith) The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (Oxford University Press, 2010); with Rebecca J. Fox, “Unbought Grace”:  An Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Reader” (University of South Carolina Press, 2011); He is currently working on A Grand Carnage (Yale University Press), a study of the largest slave insurrection in United States history and, with Douglas Egerton, Court of Death:
[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]A Documentary History of the Denmark Vesey
Affair (University Press of Florida). In 2005, the University of Rochester invited him to return to his alma mater to receive the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement.  A recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Historical Association, the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as for the AHI from VERITAS, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Watson-Brown Foundation, Armstrong Foundation, Apgar Foundation, Jack Miller Center, and Charles G. Koch Foundation. In 2007,  Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2006-2008, he served on the  Scholars Council of the Jack Miller Center. In 2008 he was appointed to the advisory board of the Cobb Forum on Southern Jurisprudence and Intellectual Thought of the Watson-Brown Foundation.  That same year President George W. Bush forwarded Paquette’s nomination to the Senate for a seat on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, the American Freedom Alliance awarded him the Heroes of Conscience Award. He has taught at Hamilton College for thirty years. He held the Publius Virgilius Rogers Chair in American History for seventeen years until  January 2011, when he resigned the title in protest.  In 2013 The United States Commission on Civil Rights appointed him to the New York State Advisory Committee. In 2014, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation awarded him the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.[/read]