Personal Statement:

I received my Ph.D. in June 2016.  My research explores how America’s conflicts with the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis) from 1784-1815 shaped the development of the political party system, ideas about gender and race, and nationalism.  My main field of study is the early U.S. republic, but I also specialize in gender & women’s history and U.S. foreign relations.

Diplomatic History, the flagship academic journal of American foreign relations, has published my article about the 1805-1806 visit of a Tunisian diplomat to the United States:  “‘As Proud as Lucifer’:  A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41, no. 1 (January 2017), 155-182.

I have also presented my research at the annual conferences of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR).

I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for the Barbary conflicts with the public.  Check out my website ( and my lecture on YouTube (


Dissertation Title:

"The United States and the Barbary Pirates: Adventures in Sexuality, State-Building, and Nationalism, 1784-1815"

Faculty Advisor(s):

Patricia Cohen and John Majewski

Selected Publications:

Jason Zeledon, “‘As Proud as Lucifer’: A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41, no. 1 (January 2017), 155-182.

Teaching Fields:

Early U.S. Republic, U.S. Foreign Relations, Gender & Women’s History, Nineteenth-Century U.S., Twentieth-Century U.S.

Courses Taught:

As Instructor of Record

History 162: America in the Early Republic
Summer 2014

Writing 2: Academic Writing
Spring 2015, Winter 2015, Fall 2014

As Teaching Assistant
History 17A: The American People, Colonial through Jacksonian Era
Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011

History 17B: The American People, Sectional Crisis through Progressivism
Winter 2014, Winter 2013, Winter 2012

History 17C: The American People, World War I through the Present
Spring 2014, Summer 2012, Spring 2012

History 2C: World History, 1700 CE to Present
Spring 2013

English 22:  Intro to Literature and the Environment
Fall 2015

English 10:  Intro to Literary Studies
Winter 2016

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2016
  • DeConde/Burns Prize, 2015
    UCSB award for the best History graduate student in foreign relations
  • Wilbur R. Jacobs Prize, 2014
    UCSB prize for “an outstanding History graduate student in…colonial, Native American, or frontier studies.”
  • History Associates Fellowship, 2014