Holton, III, Abner Woody


I study the intersection of social history (the everyday lives of ordinary Americans) and traditional political history. I am especially interested in the way founding-era outsiders (especially African Americans, Indians, small farmers, and women of all ranks) affected grand political events such as the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the United States Constitution in 1787.

Biographical Profile

College of Arts and Sciences
Tenure Status

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Undergraduates and Graduates
Interest Keywords
Native Americans, African Americans, United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War
Institutional Focus Areas
Arts and Humanities
Personal Focus Areas
American Revolution, North American Colonial era (from before Columbus to 1776), Economic History

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
1990 Duke University Durham, NC Ph.D. History
1981 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA B.A. English

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
1996 - 2000 Assistant Professor (tenure-track) History Department, Bloomsburg University
2000 - 2004 Assistant Professor History Department, University of Richmond
2004 - 2011 Associate Professor History Department, University of Richmond
2011 - 2012 Professor History Department, University of Richmond
2012 - Present History Department, McCausland Professor University of South Carolina

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
2004 Award Washington Professor Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia
2000 Fellowship Residential fellowship John Carter Brown Library (Providence)
2003 Fellowship Residential fellowship Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
2003 Fellowship Residential fellowship New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
2004 Fellowship Residential fellowship Massachusetts Historical Society
2004 Fellowship Newberry Library Long-term Fellows Newberry Foundation
2012 Fellowship National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Newberry Foundation
2013 Fellowship Fellowship John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
2006 Honor Honorary Member Women Involved in Living and Learning
2006 Honor Distinguished Lecturer Organization of American Historians
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