Joshua Rothman chairs the history department at the University of Alabama, where he is also a professor of history specializing in nineteenth-century America and the history of race and slavery. He is the author of Notorious in the Neighborhood: Sex and Families across the Color Line in Virginia, 1787–1861 (2003); Reforming America, 1815–1860 (2009); and Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson (2012), which won the Gulf South Historical Association's Michael Thomason Book Award and the Southern Historical Association's Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Prize. He is currently researching a book tentatively entitled "The Ledger and the Chain: The Men Who Made America's Domestic Slave Trade into Big Business."
- A Speculator's Paradise: Market Capitalism and the Expansion of the Slave South
- Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Slave Insurrection Scare on the Cotton Frontier
- Race, Slavery, and the Southern Family
- Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: Is It True? Why Should We Care?