Jason Farr

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Field & Specialties

American Revolution; Atlantic World; Appalachian Frontier





University of Virginia - Ph.D Candidate, ABD (Early American History) – Current.    


College of Charleston (SC) - MA (American History) – 2007.


Western Carolina University - MA (Social Studies Education) – 2004.


University of North Carolina, Asheville – NC Teaching Certificate – 2004.


University of Tennessee, Knoxville - BA (History Honors) – 1999.

Dissertation (in progress):


My dissertation explores the legality of land ownership and political loyalty among those residing in the trans-Appalachian frontier during the era of the American Revolution.




“A Glorious Failure:  The State of Franklin and the American Revolution,” The Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Vol LXX. Winter 2011, No. 4 


“Sachems and Surveys: George Washington’s Discovery of Fame in the American Frontier,” The Blackwell Companion to George Washington, (New York: Wiley/Blackwell, 2012).


“The Westphalia Legacy and the Modern Nation-State,” International Social Science Review, Vol. 80, No. 3 and 4, 2005, 151-164.


Book Reviews:


Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, And The Opening of The American West, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2012), Matthew L. Harris and Jay H. Buckley (eds.) in Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2013.


American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011), David O. Stewart. in Tennessee Historical Quarterly, forthcoming.


Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South From Slavery to Segregation. (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2001.), John C. Inscoe (ed.), in Material Culture, Vol. 39, No. 1.


Conference Papers:


The Whistle Blower and The American West: Andrew Jackson and Glasgow Land Fraud, 1798-1799. “UVa Early American Seminar.” Charlottesville, VA. March, 2012.


Frontier Founders: Preserving the Pioneer Spirit in Southwest Virginia.  “Southwest Virginia History Conference.” Abingdon, VA. September, 2011.


Marginalization and its Discontents: Regulating English Liberties in Provincial North Carolina. “UVa Early American History Seminar.” Charlottesville, VA.  October, 2009.


An Errand into the Backcountry:  The Denominational Diplomacy of William Tennent and Oliver Hart in the South Carolina Backcountry, 1775. “Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary Historical Conference.”  University of Colorado, Boulder.  September, 2006. 


Theoretical Approaches to Black Identity Studies in Colonial Spanish America. “Pan-Africanisms:  The Work of Diaspora Within and Without the Academy.” Yale University. April, 2006. 


The Historiography of American Exceptionalism in the Colonial Period. “Graduate History Forum at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.” March, 2006.


Student Created Websites for Research and Collaboration in High School History Courses. “The North Carolina Council on the Social Studies Annual Conference.” Greensboro, NC.  Spring, 2002.


Fellowships and Awards:


Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies: Short Term Research Fellow, 2012.


Tennessee Historical Society: Wills Research Fellow, Tennessee State Library and Archives, 2010.


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities: South-Atlantic Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2010.


National Endowment for the Humanities: “Teaching American History” Grant, Summer 2009.


Society of the Cincinnati in Virginia: Research Grant, Spring 2008.


College of Charleston: Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Spring 2007.


College of Charleston History Department:  Hilda M. Kenner Memorial Graduate Assistantship (Annual Stipend and Tuition Credit). 2005-2006.


Colonial Dames of South Carolina: Award for Contributions to Early American History, 2006.


Carolina Low Country and Atlantic World Program at the College of Charleston: Research Grant, 2006.


Appalachian Rural Teachers Technology Alliance:  Participation in a grant program for improving the use of new technology in rural classrooms, 2001.


Teaching/Professional Experience:


History Teacher - Tandem Friends School (Charlottesville, VA) – Current.


Instructor - The University of Virginia, English Department - Fall, 2011


Teaching Assistant - The University of Virginia, History Department - 2008-2011


Editorial Assistant - The Papers of George Washington (at UVa) - 2007-2010.


Research Assistant - College of Charleston, History Department - 2005-2006.  


Social Studies Teacher - TC Roberson High School (Asheville, NC) - 2002-2005.


Courses Taught:


Tandem Friends School - Charlottesville, VA (2011-Current)


Themes in World History

Themes in American History

United States History (Advanced Placement)


University of Virginia (2007-2011):


ENWR 1510 - Accelerated Academic Writing (“Democracy in America”) – English Dept. Fall, 2011


Courses TA’d:


Colonial North America (Patrick Griffin) 

US/Latin American Relations in the Twentieth Century (Gerald Haines) 

Anglo-Saxon England (Paul Kershaw) 

Western Civilization to 1790 (Erin Rowe)

The Age of Jefferson (Peter Onuf)

US Military History to 1900 (Gary Gallagher).

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


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