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Jim Gigantino II

Jim Gigantino II

Department Chair

Associate Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-7332

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Jim Gigantino is an early American historian.  His first book, The Ragged Road to Abolition:  Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) focuses on how northerners successfully extended slavery in the aftermath of the American Revolution.  He reveals how the slow death of slavery in the North complicated the formation of black communities and influenced how northerners understood the sectional crisis. 

He is also the editor of Slavery and Secession in Arkansas:  A Documentary History (University of Arkansas Press, 2015) which explores the connection between slavery and secession through the voices of political leaders in 1860 and 1861.  He is currently completing William Livingston’s American Revolution (forthcoming Fall 2018, University of Pennsylvania Press), which uses the life and experiences of William Livingston, New Jersey’s first governor, to explore the role of revolutionary government under fire and the dynamic relationship between mid-level administrators like Livingston, the national government, and average Americans.

Although his research is centered in the North, Professor Gigantino’s teaching interests span not only the United States but the Atlantic Ocean as well.  As an early American historian, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of Colonial, Revolutionary, Early National, and Antebellum America while as a historian of slavery and the Atlantic World, he has taught courses in African American history, Comparative Slavery, the Atlantic World, and Modern Africa.  He is also a member of the African & African American Studies Program.

Ph.D., History, University of Georgia

B.A., History, Political Science, and American Studies, University of Richmond. 

Slavery and Secession in Arkansas:  A Documentary History, edited.  (Fayetteville:  University of Arkansas Press, August 2015)

The American Revolution in New Jersey:  Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front, edited (New Brunswick:  Rutgers University Press, April 2015)

The Ragged Road to Abolition:  Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775-1865 (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2014)

  • Fulbright College Outstanding Advisor Award, 2018
  • Graduate Student Congress Faculty Ally Award, 2017
  • Inducted into University of Arkansas Teaching Academy, 2016
  • University Diversity Award, 2016
  • Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, 2015
  • Nolan Award for Contributions to Graduate Education, 2014
  • Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship, 2013