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Max Flomen

Assistant Professor

Teaching Fields

  • North America to 1800
  • Native America
  • Atlantic World
  • Comparative Slavery
  • Borderlands

 

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
  • M.A., McGill University, 2011
  • B.A., McGill University, 2009

 

Research Interests

Dr. Flomen is a historian of colonial North America specializing in Native America, the Atlantic World, and comparative slavery. His in-progress monograph, Mountains Beyond Mountains: War, Revolution, & Alternative Emancipations in the Borderlands, 1300-1850, is a history of self-liberation struggles in the Southwest & northern Mexico. It argues that Native peoples opposed colonial regimes along ideological and spatial axes in ways that convinced non-Indigenous peoples to support this emancipatory counterculture.

Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, and ethnohistory, this work tracks the circulation of anti-colonial epistemologies and the reverberations of the Age of Revolutions among the Indigenous nations of the interior. Emphasizing the intersection of Native and African American emancipatory aspirations while bridging the fields of Borderlands and Atlantic History, the book re-writes the history of slavery and emancipation from a continental & long durée perspective. It challenges the racialization of resistance to colonialism in the early modern world, which has cloistered the joint efforts of Indigenous and African peoples to build independent communities and failed to recognize the development of a coherent ideological movement opposing Euro-Christian imperialism. By centering narratives of enslavement and autonomy around smaller communities rather than the world-systems, nation-state, and institutional frameworks favored by many historians, Mountains Beyond Mountains suggests that the Haitian Revolution was not the only successful slave uprising in hemispheric history.

At WVU, he teaches a variety of courses on Early America, and works with graduate students studying Indigenous history, the Atlantic World, and the Civil War in the West.

 

Courses

  • HIST 152: US History to 1865
  • HIST 256: History of the America Revolution, 1763-1790
  • HIST 264: Native American History
  • HIST 441: Colonial America, 17th Century
  • HIST 442: Colonial America, 18th Century
  • HIST 731: Readings In American History, 1585-1763
  • HIST 732: Seminar in American History, 1585-1763

Graduate Students

Ph.D. Students

John “Jack” Weaver

Master's Students

Riley Bowers

Publications

Articles

“The Long War for Texas: Maroons, Renegades, Warriors, and Alternative Emancipations in the Texas Borderlands, 1835-1845,” Journal of the Civil War Era Volume 11, No. 1 (March 2021): 36-61.


Book Reviews

Linking the Histories of Slavery: North America and Its Borderlands, edited by Bonnie Martin and James F. Brooks. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2015. Journal of Anthropological Research. (Winter 2016).

Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, by Margaret Ellen Newell. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015. UCLA American Indian Culture and Research Journal Vol. 39 No. 4 (2015).