Roderick McDonald
Professor Email: mcdonald@rider.edu
Phone Number: (609) 895-5456
Office Location:
North Hall 114

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor
Email: 
mcdonald@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
(609) 895-5456
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
North Hall 114

Teaches Caribbean, Latin American, African-American, and African history. His research concentrates on slavery and the transition to freedom in the Americas. He is the author of The Economy and Material Culture of Slaves:  Goods and Chattels on the Sugar Plantations of Jamaica and Louisiana (1993), and Between Slavery and Freedom:  Special Magistrate John Anderson’s Journal of St. Vincent during the Apprenticeship (2001).  He edited West Indies Accounts:  Essays of the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy (1996), and is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of the Early Republic, the premier publication on the history of the United States between 1776 and 1861. (Ph.D., Kansas)

Research/Teaching Areas

  • Caribbean History
  • African American History
  • African History
  • Latin American History
  • U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
  • World History
  • Baccalaureate Honors Program (BHP): Great Ideas
  • BHP: The Making of the Third World
  • BHP: The Age of Imperialism

Current Projects

  • The Ethnography and Pornography of Slavery:  Dr. Jonathan Troup’s Journal of Dominica, 1789-1791 (a study of slavery and the lives of the enslaved in eighteenth-century Dominica based on the observations and activities of a Scottish doctor)
  • “’Vile and Despicable Employment’: The Enslavement of Carmelite” (a biographical study of an enslaved woman in New Orleans)

Publications

  • ed., Between Slavery and Freedom: Special Magistrate John Anderson's Journal of St. Vincent during the Apprenticeship (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press; and Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001)
  • ed., West Indies Accounts: Essays on the History of the British Caribbean and the Atlantic Economy in Honour of Richard Sheridan (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 1996)
  • The Economy and Material Culture of Slaves: Goods and Chattels on the Sugar Plantations of Jamaica and Louisiana (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993)
  • Numerous articles, reviews and papers

Fellowships and Awards

  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2009
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for research at the Winterthur Museum, 2009-10
  • Dominick A. Iorio Award for Faculty Research, Rider University, 2009
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Rider University, 2000
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Fellowship, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 1992

Professional Activities

  • Director, Revolution to Republic:  Philadelphia’s Place in Early America, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks in American History and Culture Workshop for Community College Faculty, 2008, 2010 (Read more…)
  • Editor, Journal of the Early Republic, 2004-2009
  • Lecturer, Cunard Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn Cruises, 2004-present