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Rebecca Seaman

Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences (History)

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

Dr. Seaman serves as full Professor in the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences (History) and as the History Education Coordinator. She earned her BSED in Social Sciences (Secondary Education)from Columbus State University (1983), MA (1989) and Ph.D.(2001) 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. Her diverse field background also qualifies her to teach Russian History and Latin American History. 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. She is a strong advocate of role immersion pedagogy such as the Reacting to the Past. Technology, from the simple use of a web enhanced environment to the use of personal capture, classroom capture, Lecture Tools, and other forms of technology are common in her instruction.

Dr. Seaman is the Managing Editor of the "Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians." 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" (2013). She published “The Tuscarora War: American Indians Fight for Independence” in the Tar Heel Junior Historian, Spring 2012. Additional 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 "Storms Brewing in the Tuscarora World." 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 additionally serves on the boards of the "Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle" (Elizabeth City) and is the Vice-Chair for the the "Friends of the Archives" (Raleigh, NC).

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