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).
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
Jason Zeledon, “‘As Proud as Lucifer’: A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41, no. 1 (January 2017), 155-182.
Early U.S. Republic, U.S. Foreign Relations, Gender & Women’s History, Nineteenth-Century U.S., Twentieth-Century U.S.
As Instructor of Record
History 162: America in the Early Republic
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
English 22: Intro to Literature and the Environment
English 10: Intro to Literary Studies
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