OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Richard Godbeer

Portrait of Richard Godbeer

Richard Godbeer is the founding director of the Humanities Research Center and a professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously taught at the University of California, Riverside, and at the University of Miami. His research focuses on religious culture and issues of gender and sexuality in colonial and revolutionary North America. He is author of The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England (1992), Sexual Revolution in Early America (2002), Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (2004), The Overflowing of Friendship: Love between Men and the Creation of the American Republic (2009), and The Salem Witch Hunt: A Brief History with Documents (2011). Godbeer's edition of the surviving transcripts from Nicholas Sension's 1677 sodomy trial was published in Early American Studies (Spring 2014) and he has just completed the opening chapter for the forthcoming book, "History of Queer America." He has received research fellowships from a range of institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. His current book project, "Surviving the Revolution: The Life and Times of Elizabeth and Henry Drinker," will take readers into the tumultuous world of a mercantile Quaker couple who lived in Philadelphia during the revolutionary period.

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