Richard Edmond Bond

Department of History

Virginia Wesleyan College

1584 Wesleyan Drive

Norfolk, VA 23502


Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA

Batten Associate Professor of History, 2013 - present

Director of General Studies, 2009 – present

Associate Professor of History, 2011 - 2013

Assistant Professor of History, 2005 – 2011



Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University, 2005        

Dissertation:         Ebb and Flow: Free Blacks and Urban Slavery in Eighteenth-Century New York

Major Field:         Early Modern Atlantic and Colonial America, Director: Professor Jack P. Greene

Minor Fields:        Colonial Latin America, Director: Professor A.J.R. Russell-Wood

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America, Director: Professor Ronald Walters

Early Modern England, Director: Professor John Marshall

M.A., History, Johns Hopkins University, 2001

B.A., magna cum laude in cursu honorum, American Studies, Fordham University, 1999

Undergraduate Thesis: “Tolerance Over All: Millennialism and Tolerance in New York City Revolutionary Sermons”


NEH Summer Seminar, “Doing Digital History,” George Mason University, 2014

Innovating Teaching and Learning (INTEL) Grant, Virginia Wesleyan College, 2014

Tocqueville Seminar, University of Richmond, 2010, 2012

Faculty Summer Development Grant, Virginia Wesleyan College, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013

Fellowship, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Council of Independent Colleges, supporting participation in “Slavery and Public History” conference, New York City, NY, 2006

SHEAR Undergraduate Research Fellowship (co-applicant with student, Kimberly Stinedurf), Philadelphia, PA, 2006

Frederick Jackson Turner Society Travel Grant, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University, 2004

Albert J. Beveridge Grant, American Historical Association, 2004

Michael Kraus Grant, American Historical Association, 2004        

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Fellowship, New-York Historical Society, New York City, 2004

Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2003

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Grant, New York State Archives, Albany, New York, 2002

J. Brien Key Graduate Assistance Fund Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2002

Award for Exemplary Teaching, finalist, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

Graduate Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 1999-2003

Presidential Scholarship, Fordham University, 1995-1999.  A highly competitive scholarship that provided full tuition, room, and board for four years.

Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Fordham University Branch, 1999

Orestes Brownson Award, given to most outstanding senior American studies major, Fordham University, 1999



From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia, Paul Rasor and Richard E. Bond, eds. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011

Reviewed: Fea, John. The Way of Improvement Leas Home. Blog. August 16, 2011 (; Ragosta, John. Journal of Church & State. 53.3 (Sep 2011): 499-502; Halperin, Terri D. Virginia Magazine of History & Biography. 119.4 (2011): 394-95; Goetz, Rebecca Anne. Church History. 81.2 (Jun 2012): 470-72; Beneke, Chris. The Journal of Southern History 78 (August 2012): 686-688; Gundersen, Joan. Journal of American History 99.2 (September 2012): 575-76; Kidd, Thomas S. Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 110.2 (Spring 2012): 197-99; Rhoden, Nancy L., H-Law, June, 2013 (; Mazur, Eric, Journal of American Culture 377-78; Rindfleisch, Bryan, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 37.1 (March 2014), 130-31.

Perspectives On Life After the History Ph.D.  Richard Bond and Pillarisetti Sudhir, eds., Washington D.C.: The American Historical Association, 2006

Refereed Articles

“How to Create a Cult: Reflections on Make-Believe and Historical Contingency in the History Classroom”, The History Teacher, 46.4 (August 2013): 531-46

“Piratical Americans: Representations of Piracy and Authority in mid-Twentieth-Century Swashbucklers,” Journal of American Culture 33:4 (December 2010): 309-21

 “Shaping a Conspiracy: Black Testimony in the 1741 New York Plot,” Early American Studies Volume 5, Number 1 (Spring 2007): 63-94

Other Publications

“Failing Lessons: Tales of Disastrous Assignments,” Perspectives on History (January 2013)

“Some Macro-Level Issues Concerning Teaching: A Conversation with Richard E. Bond,” in John McClymer, The AHA Guide to Teaching and Learning with New Media (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2005), 71-76

“The Job Register: A Guide for the Bemused and Befuddled,” Perspectives on History (December 2004)

“‘Spanish Negroes’ and Their Fight for Freedom,” New York Archives 3 (Summer 2003)


Iaukea, Sydney Lehua. The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai’i. Berkley: University of California Press, 2012. In The Journal of American Culture Volume 35, Number 2 (2012): 201-2.
Armitage, David.  
The Declaration of Independence: A Global History.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press 2007.  In The Journal of American Culture Volume 32, Number 3 (2009): 285-87

Gellman, David.  Emancipating New York: The Politics of Slavery and Freedom, 1777-1827.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press 2007.  Posted on H-Net SHEAR (Society for the History of the Early American Republic), September 25, 2009

Siminoff, Faren.  Crossing the Sound: The Rise of Atlantic American Communities in Seventeenth-Century Eastern Long Island.  New York and London: New York University Press, 2004.  In Itinerario Volume 31, Number 2 (2007)

Bremer, Francis J. and Lynn A. Botelho, Editors.  The World of John Winthrop: Essays on England and New England, 1588-1649.  Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2005.  In The Journal of American Culture Volume 31, Number 1 (2008): 131-32


“’Spanish Negroes,’ ‘Freemen,’ & ‘Subjects of the King of Spain’: Conflicting Notions of Imperial Subjecthood in Eighteenth-Century New York”

“Imagining Piracy: Early Modern Pirates in Historical Memory”


Virginia Wesleyan College:

100 level:        History of the United States to 1877; History of the United States since 1877; The American Survey; First-year Experience; Liberal Arts Seminar

200 level:         Colonial Latin America; American Revolution; African American History to 1877; History of Piracy; Introduction to American Studies (History of Hawai’i)

300 level:         Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century America; History of Virginia; First and Second Great Awakenings; Junior Research (Historical Methods) Seminar

400 level:         Diseases, Pirates, and Slaves in the Atlantic World; Atlantic Slavery

VWC Senior Theses Mentored

Kala Bohigian, “The Benefits of Conspiracy: How it was Used to Unite Urban Politics,” Fall 2010        

John Maravich, "‘We ought not to be unmindful of the great wealth that lies buried in the Earth’: The Antebellum Geological Survey of Virginia 1836 to 1842," Fall 2009

Kori Robbins, “Our Mother Who Art in Heaven: The Memory of Ann Lee, Mother of the Shakers,” Fall 2008

Brandan Adams, “Changing Jamestown: Environmental Conditions and the Starving Time,” Fall 2007

Nadine Steffenhagen, “How American Exceptionalism Influenced America’s Early History: Representations of American Exceptionalism that Justified Major Events in U.S. Foreign Policy in the Period from 1600 to 1820,” Fall 2007

Kimberly Stinedurf, “Understanding Eighteenth-Century Quaker Women: The Virginia Exiles’ Wives Responses to Their Husbands’ Arrests and Banishment to Virginia, September 1777-April 1778,” Fall 2006

Johns Hopkins University

300 level: Religion and Social Conflict in American History, 1650-1950, Fall 2003, Dean’s Fellowship course offering for upper level undergraduates

Teaching Assistant: U.S. History, Colonial Latin America, Early Modern Europe, Modern African History, 1880-present


American History survey, colonial to present

Specialized Course Topics: Colonial America, American Revolution, Early National America, Atlantic, African American to 1865, Comparative Atlantic Slavery, Early Modern England, Caribbean, Colonial Latin and South America, Witchcraft, Piracy, Atlantic Revolutions, American Urban



“History Departments in the 21st Century: Tuning, Social Media, and Preserving the Discipline,” Panelist, North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Meeting, Elizabeth City, NC, April 2014

“Disruptive Pedagogies: Re-Imagining Classroom-Based Approaches to Student Learning,” Panelist and Session Organizer, 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2014

“History’s Role on Individual Campuses” & “Thinking about Gen Ed as Part of  a Larger System,” Session Chairs, 128th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, DC, January 2014

“The Politics of Commemoration,” 1619: The Making of America, Norfolk, VA, September 27, 2013

“Recasting of the Memory of Blackbeard in Post-Revolutionary Anglo-American Narratives”

Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, St. Louis, MO, July  2013

“Inquiry and Integrative Learning across the Curriculum,” Poster Presentation, AAC&U General Education and Assessment Conference, Boston, MA, March 2013

“Historical Memory and the Recasting of Blackbeard in Post-Revolutionary Anglo-American Narratives,” 8th Biennial Conference of the Society of Early Americanists, Savannah, GA, February 2013

“Is ‘Teaching’ an Alternative Career in History?” 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 2013

“Teaching Virginia History,” Virginia Forum, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, March 2011

“Virginia’s Religious History: A Roundtable,” Session Organizer, Virginia Forum, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, March 2011

“‘The Code Is the Law’:  Political Institutions and Pirate Films,” The National Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, St. Louis, MO, March 2010

Most Villainously Detaining’: English and Spanish Captives in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic,” Seventh FEEGI (The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction) Biennial Conference, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, February 2008

“From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Authority in Colonial Virginia,” co-coordinator of program and speaker series with Paul Rasor for The Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, Virginia Wesleyan College, Fall 2007

“Captivity, Empire, and Slavery in Colonial New York,” Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Honolulu, HA, June 2007

“Teaching Virginia History, A Panel,” Session Chair, Virginia Forum, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, April 7, 2006

“Slavery and its Legacies in Virginia,” Session Chair, Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate Conference, Lexington, VA, March 25, 2006

“How to Navigate the Job Register,” The Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Seattle, January 6, 2005

“Detecting the World Behind the Conspiracy: Gossip, Mobility, and Intercultural Exchange during the 1741 Plot,” Researching New York 2004, Albany, November 2004

“Contesting Slavery in an Atlantic Community: The Case of New York’s ‘Spanish Negroes,’” Tenth Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Northampton, June 12, 2004

Invited Lectures

“The Columbian Exchange and the Iberian Legacy in 1619,” 1619: The Making of America, Norfolk State University, September 21, 2012

“On the Revolution and the Revolutionary: How the ‘Pursuits of Happiness’ Overtook the ‘City Upon a Hill,” Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA, October 19, 2008

“Davy Jones’ Locker: Piracy in History, Myth, and the Movies,” Institute for Learning in Retirement, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA, January 16, 2007

“Between Slavery and Freedom: The Lives of Free Black Men and Women in Pre-Civil War Virginia,” The Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society, June 4, 2006


“Tocqueville Summer Institute,” Participant, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, June 7-11, 2010, May 14, 2012

“Slavery and Public History,” Participant, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York City, NY, June 26-28, 2006

SHEAR/Mellon Summer Seminar, Participant, Philadelphia, PA, June 3-9, 2006

“How to Prepare an Effective Class,” For the Symposium, “So You’re Going to Be a T.A. . . .,” Johns Hopkins University, September 8, 2003

“Drunkenness in Colonial Philadelphia, 1720 - 1760,” American Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, April 19, 2000


American Periodicals


Directory of History Departments, Historical Organizations, and Historians.  27th, 28th, and 30th Editions.  Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2001, 2002, 2004

Foley, Neil and John R. Chávez.  Teaching Mexican American History.  Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2002

Gustafson, Melanie.  Becoming a Historian: A Survival Guide – 2001 Edition.  Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2001

Roland, Alex.  The Military-Industrial Complex.  Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2001

Harris, Robert L., Jr.  Teaching African American History.  Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 2000


Faculty Forum Lecture Series, Coordinator, 3 programs per year (2007-present)

American Studies Committee (2005-present)

Phi Beta Kappa ad hoc Committee (2005-present)

Center for the Study of Religious Freedom Faculty Advisory Group (2005-present)

Assistant Marshall, Commencement & Fall Convocations (2007-present)

Education Programs Commission (2006-2008; co-chair 2007-2008; 2009-present)

Academic Effectiveness Committee (2012-present)

Committee on Academic Standing (2006-2008)

Faculty Search Committee, Psychology Department (2007)

Faculty Search Committee, Psychology Department (2008)

Ad-Hoc Parental Leave Advisory Group (2007-2009)


1619: The Making of America, Steering Committee, Norfolk State University, 2012-present

American Historical Association, National Tuning Project, Participant, 2012-present

Co-Manager of Job Register, American Historical Association Annual Meetings,

        San Francisco and Chicago, 2003, 2002


American Historical Association, Washington DC, Editorial Assistant.

                Duties included: Copy edited publications.  Interfaced with numerous history departments collecting data for Directory.  Performed research assistant duties for articles and surveys.  2004, 2001


Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

American Historical Association