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Tyson Reeder

Corcoran Department of History

Affiliated Assistant Professor

Papers of James Madison

Assistant Editor

Office: Alderman 532

Email: tfr5y@virginia.edu

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A historian of early America and the Atlantic world, Tyson Reeder researches transimperial commercial networks, race and revolution in the Atlantic, and early U.S. state building. He is assistant editor in the College of Arts and Sciences with the Papers of James Madison and an affiliated assistant professor in the Corcoran Department of history. He has taught courses on U.S. history, the history of inter-American relations, and Latin American colonial history. Reeder received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, he taught history at Brigham Young University and UC Davis. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ralph D. Gray Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

Selected Publications:


Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution (in press with the University of Pennsylvania Press)


  • “The Unmarked Grave of Henry Flipper: West Point's First Black Graduate Remembered, 1872- 1999,” Georgia Historical Quarterly (Summer 2018): 117-45.
  • “‘Liberty with the Sword’: Jamaican Maroons, Haitian Revolutionaries, and American Liberty,” Journal of the Early Republic (Spring 2017): 81-115.
  • “‘Sovereign Lords' and ‘Dependent Administrators’: Artigan Privateers, Atlantic Borderwaters, and State Building in the Early Nineteenth Century,” Journal of American History (September 2016): 323-46.