Andrew Diemer

Associate Professor


Contact Information

LA 4237
On Sabbatical, 2017-2018


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:

Review of Hugh Davis, “We Will Be Satisfied With Nothing Less”: The African
American Struggle for Equal Rights in the North During Reconstruction. Ohio
History (2013), 147-148
Review of Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and
the Battle for Equality in Civil War America. Pennsylvania Magazine of History and
Biography (Jan 2012), 102-103
Review of Davis Bowman Shearer, At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis. Journal of Military History (April 2011): 634-635.

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