Andrew Diemer

Associate Professor


Contact Information

LA 4237
T 8:30-9:30, R 11:00-12:00


Ph.D., Temple University, 2011

Areas of Expertise

United States in the 19th century, African American history; history of slavery and anti-slavery


Andrew Diemer joined the history department in 2011. He earned his PhD from Temple University in the same year. He is author of The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817-1863, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016. He is currently working on a biography of the black abolitionist, William Still.

Selected Publications:

The Politics of Black Citizenship: Free African Americans in the Mid-Atlantic Borderland, 1817-1863 (University of Georgia Press, 2016).

“‘A Desire to Better their Condition’: European Immigration, African Colonization, and the Lure of Consensual Emancipation,” in Reconsiderations and Redirections in the Study of African Colonization, eds. Beverly C. Tomek and Matthew J. Hetrick (University of Florida Press, 2017)
“The Quaker and the Colonist: Moses Sheppard, Samuel F. McGill and Transatlantic
Antislavery Across the Color Line,” in Quakers and Abolition, eds. Brycchan Carey and Geoffrey Plank (University of Illinois Press, 2014).
“Reconstructing Philadelphia: African Americans and Politics in the Post-Civil War North,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (January 2009), 29-58.

Recent Book Reviews:

Book Review, David E. Goldberg, The Retreats of Reconstruction: Race, Leisure, and the Politics of Segregation at the New Jersey Shore, 1865-1920. Journal of the Civil War Era (March 2018), 156-158

Book Review, James J. Gigantino, The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865. Pennsylvania History (Autumn 2016), 577-580

Book Review, Jenna M. Gibbs, Performing the Temple of Liberty: Slavery, Theater, and Popular Culture in London and Philadelphia, 1760–1850. Journal of American Ethnic History (Summer 2016), 138-140

Book Review, Tony Allan Freyer, The Passenger Cases and the Commerce Clause. Political Science Quarterly (Spring 2016) , 178-179

Recent Lectures and Presentations

“William Still’s Dilemma: African American Partisanship in the Twilight of Reconstruction,” Political History Symposium, University of Virginia, April 20, 2018

“‘Agitation, tumult, violence will not cease’: Black Politics and the Compromise of 1850,”Emancipations, Reconstructions, Revolutions and Civil Wars: African American Politics and U.S. History in the Long 19th Century, New York, NY and Philadelphia,PA, Feb. 10-11, 2017

Commentator, “Microhistories of Racial Formation in the Antebellum North,” – 2016 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, Annual Meeting, New Haven, Connecticut, July 21-24, 2016

 FALL 2018
HIST 145 History of the United States to the Civil War
HIST 381 African American History to the Mid-19th Century
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar