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Rebecca Seaman

Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Rebecca Seaman
Office: 250B Moore Hall
Address: Campus Box 848
(252) 335-3336
Fax: (252) 335-3683

Dr. Seaman serves as the chair for the Department of History and Political Science. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in History from Auburn University (fields of expertise: Early American, Modern American, British, Early Modern European, Modern European). Dr. Seaman's specialty is in Colonial American History, specializing in Native American Studies dissertation: Native American Enslavement in Proprietary Carolina: A Causality Study. Master's Thesis: Jacksonian Indian Policy: A Historiography. Dr. Seaman teaches a wide variety of early American History courses, including Early American History (1607-1800), with a focus on British colonies, using a cultural approach; Colonial History in the Greater Atlantic World (1492-1763), using an Atlantic studies approach to study colonial America; Latin American History; Teaching History; and Special Topics in American History: Native American Studies. Dr. Seaman is also responsible for teaching the cornerstone Historical methodology courses: Historical Methods and Historiography, and History Seminar.

Dr. Seaman employs a blend of ethnohistorical and traditional methodology in her research. She additionally incorporates interdisciplinary themes into her classes, and engages students through a Question and Answer dialogue through many of her classes. Technology, from the simple use of a web enhanced environment to the use of personal capture and classroom capture technology are common in her instruction.

Dr. Seaman is currently working on revising her dissertation for publication. She is the author/editor of a single volume encyclopedia for ABC-CLIO entitled "Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Inca, and Mayan Conquests" (due out 2013). She recently published “The Tuscarora War: American Indians Fight for Independence” in the Tar Heel Junior Historian, Spring 2012. Additional recent publications include "John Lawson, the Outbreak of the Tuscarora Wars, and Middle Ground Theory" in the Journal of the NCAH, Vol. 18, April 2010. She is working on an expanded version of this topic for a book under contract, tentatively entitled "John Lawson and the Tuscarora Wars: Issues of Land, Labor and Leadership". She also has four articles in the ABC-CLIO World At War database, entitled "Causes of the Aztec-Spanish War", "Consequences of the Aztec-Spanish War", "Causes of the Inca-Spanish War", and "Consequences of the Inca-Spanish War". Dr. Seaman's article "Enslavement of Native Americans during Queen Anne's War" was recently published as chapter 3 in "From Captivity to Freedom: Themes in Ancient and Modern Slavery," out of the University of Leicester Press, UK, 2008. She also had her article "Native Alliances with Europeans" published in The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775: A Political, Social and Military History, ABC-CLIO Inc., 2008, as well as numerous book reviews published with historical journals.

Dr. Seaman serves as the Editor for the Journal of the NCAH, as well as the NCAH President. She additionally serves on the boards of the "Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle" (Elizabeth City) and the "Friends of the Archives" (Raleigh, NC).

BSED, Columbus State University (1980-1983)
MA, Auburn University (1987-1989)
PhD, Auburn University (1990-2001)