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Max Flomen

Assistant Professor

Teaching Fields

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



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


Research Interests

Dr. Flomen is a social and ethnohistorian of colonial North America specializing in the histories of Native America, the Atlantic World, and comparative slavery. His in-progress monograph, War, Slavery, and Alternative Emancipations in the Borderlands, 1650-1850, shifts our understanding of multi-ethnic formations, such as raiding bands and maroon communities, out of a racialized framework and onto the more fluid social terrain where the dispossessed developed new methods of survival. Emphasizing Native epistemologies, marronage, and the intellectual history of emancipation within diasporic “Indian Countries,” his research offers new methods in the study of slavery and resistance. Together, the struggles of African-American and Indigenous cohorts provide a continental, community-centered approach to uncovering the alternative patterns of abolition neglected by nationalist narratives of American history.    


  • HIST 152: US History to 1865
  • HIST 256: History of the America Revolution, 1763-1790
  • HIST 264: American Indian History
  • HIST 441: 17th Century Colonial America
  • HIST 451: African American History to 1900
  • HIST 731: Readings In American History, 1585-1763
  • HIST 732: Seminar in American History, 1585-1763




"Renegades, Maroons, and Alternative Emancipations in the Texas Borderlands, 1835-1845," Western Historical Quarterly, (forthcoming, 2021).

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).