John C. Rodrigue


Prof. Rodrigue joined Stonehill's faculty as the Lawrence and Theresa Salameno Professor in the fall of 2007. He taught at Louisiana State University from 1996 to 2007, and he was an editor on the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland from 1992 to 1996. Prof. Rodrigue received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Emory University, working under the direction of Prof. James L. Roark.

His teaching and research interests focus on nineteenth-century United States history, specifically the Civil War and Reconstruction era, slavery and emancipation, the U.S. South, and African-American history.

Prof. Rodrigue has recently published Lincoln and Reconstruction, a volume in Southern Illinois University Press's Concise Lincoln Library series. He is currently working on a study of the abolition of slavery in the lower Mississippi valley during the Civil War. He is also working on a long-term project on the southern planters after the war.


  • Ph.D., History, Emory University, 1993
  • M.A., History, Columbia University, 1986
  • B.A, History, Rutgers University, 1983

Courses Taught

  • African-American History I
  • US Civil War & Reconstruction
  • The Debate over Slavery in Antebellum America
  • From Jackson to Lincoln
  • Lincoln and His America
  • History Cornerstone: History of American Freedom