Office: Burnham Hall, Room 308
Phone: (417) 873-6954
Dr. Dan Livesay received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2010. He came to Drury in 2012 after finishing an NEH postdoctoral fellowship at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, VA. His teaching and research interests focus on the colonial Americas and the Atlantic World in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His book manuscript, “Children of Uncertain Fortune: West Indians of Color and the Atlantic Family, 1700–1820” (in progress with the University of North Carolina Press) explores the migration of elite mixed-race individuals from the colonies to Britain in the Georgian period. In analyzing why white fathers sent their offspring of color to live with relatives across the ocean, his study shows how notions of family belonging were crucial to racial ideology in the British Atlantic.
Dr. Livesay teaches courses on the history of early America, transatlantic slavery, and indigenous people in the Americas. In class, he seeks to put the history of colonial North America and the early U.S. republic within a wider global context. He has conducted extensive archival research in libraries throughout the Caribbean, Britain, and the United States, funded by long-term fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program (Jamaica), the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, and the North American Conference on British Studies, as well as research awards from the Huntington Library, American Philosophical Society, and the McMaster University Library.
Born in Wyoming and raised in Colorado, Dr. Livesay misses the Rockies, but greatly enjoys hiking through the beautiful Ozarks around Springfield.
B.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 2002
Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2010
Drury University faculty member since 2012
Assistant Professor since 2012