Jonathan Lande is a historian, having earned his Ph.D. at Brown University. He teaches history at Purdue University and is writing Warriors, Rebels, and Runaways, a book on slaves who escaped bondage, joined the U.S. army, and deserted or rebelled to preserve their hard-won freedom during the Civil War.
Warriors, Rebels, and Runaways is under contract with Oxford University Press and has already received numerous awards. In 2019, the Society of American Historians awarded him the Allan Nevins Prize for the best dissertation in American history, and the American Society for Legal History awarded him the Cromwell Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in American legal history. He has also received the Southern Historical Association’s Holmes Paper Prize and the African American Intellectual History Society’s Du Bois-Wells Paper Prize for portions of his research. A portion of the project was presented at the Civil War Institute’s summer conference and aired on C-SPAN. It can be viewed here.
Jonathan is deeply committed to teaching. He was the Brown-Tougaloo Exchange Faculty Fellow, offering courses at Tougaloo College, and the Schwartz Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and the New School. Before joining the history department at Purdue, he taught at Weber State University. For his courses at Brown and Tougaloo, Brown awarded him the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Weber State, he also developed a history course, which takes students to Gettysburg and other sites from the war, so students can learn about the experiences of the soldiers and civilians during the war, including the trauma of combat and the struggles of freedpeople amidst emancipation.
He has published articles and reviews in venues such as the Journal of American History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of Social History, Journal of African American History, and Civil War History. He contributed to From the Stacks, Muster, and Black Perspectives, the historical blogs of the New-York Historical Society, the Society of Civil War Historians, and the African American Intellectual History Society, respectively.