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Jonathan Hancock

Hancock, Jonathan

Jonathan Hancock

Associate Professor of History

Chair, Department of History




Jonathan Hancock is a historian of Early America focused on the region now known as the U.S. South.  He teaches courses on North American history through the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, Native North America, and race and historical inquiry over time in the U.S. South. Hancock is the author of Convulsed States: Earthquakes, Prophecy, and the Remaking of Early America (University of North Carolina Press, 2021), which examines how, amid prophecies, political reinventions, and war, people in the winter of 1811-12 interpreted the strongest shaking in the North American interior in at least the past 500 years.  His other publications include an article in the Journal of the Early Republic (2013) and essays in the edited collections Rethinking American Disasters: New Essays in Cultural, Political, and Environmental History (forthcoming 2023), Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812 (2017), and The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (2015).  He is currently at work on a new book project, "Native Charleston: The Hidden History of the Indigenous Lowcountry," a study of coastal Indigenous communities living between the Santee and Edisto Rivers, from 4,000 BCE to the present.


Academic Background

  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2006
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

Hendrix History Professor Selected for Bright Institute Cohort

Hancock participating in three-year Knox College program in Early American history

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