Office: Comenius Hall 306
Email: jpaxton [at] moravian.edu
Teaching: I offer courses in early American and Antebellum US history as well as the history of First People.
Current Research: I am currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, "Kinship, Communities, and Covenant Chains: The Mohawks and Their Neighbors in New York and Upper Canada, 1712-1830." My work examines how Mohawks, one of the Six Nations, incorporated Europeans into kinship networks and how the resultant communities persisted for more than a century in New York and, after the Revolution, Upper Canada (Ontario).
- Currently working on a manuscript Canada: A Community History with Michel S. Beaulieu for Oxford University Press.
- “Imagining New Worlds in the New World: Entertainment, Agency, and Power in Upper Canada.” Special Issue of Ontario History. (Guest Edited with Michel S. Beaulieu). Autumn 2010.
- Joseph Brant and His World: Eighteenth-Century Statesman and Warrior. Toronto: James Lorimer and Co., 2008.
Articles and Chapters:
- “Remembering and Forgetting: War, Memory, and Identity in the Post-Revolutionary Mohawk Valley,” in eds., Robert Aldrich, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, Clare Corbould, and Michael A. McDonnell, Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation-Making from Independence to the Civil War (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming).
- “Merrymaking and Militia Musters: (Re)Constructing Community and Identity in Upper Canada,” Ontario History 102 (Autumn 2010): 216-236. This article won the Riddell Award (awarded by the Ontario Historical Society) for the best article published on Ontario history in 2010.
- "The Lincoln Militia's War of 1812." In The Apathetic and The Defiant: Case Studies of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812 to 1919, ed. Craig Mantle. Toronto and Oxford: Dundurn Press, 2007.