Richard Godbeer, PhD

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Director of Humanities Research Center and Professor of History
rgodbeer@vcu.edu
(804) 828-4714

Richard Godbeer received his B.A. from Oxford University in 1984 and his Ph.D from Brandeis University in 1989. He taught in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside, from 1989 to 2004 and in the Department of History at the University of Miami from 2004 to 2014. His research focuses on religious culture and issues of gender and sexuality in colonial and revolutionary North America.

Godbeer is the author of five books: The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England (Cambridge University Press, 1992), Sexual Revolution in Early America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (Oxford University Press, 2004), The Overflowing of Friendship: Love between Men and the Creation of the American Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), and The Salem Witch Hunt: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martins, 2001). His current book project,Surviving the Revolution: The Life and Times of Elizabeth and Henry Drinker, will take readers into the tumultuous world of a late eighteenth-century mercantile Quaker couple who lived in Philadelphia during the revolutionary period.

Godbeer has been awarded research fellowships by a range of institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on the colonial and revolutionary periods, including the first half of the U.S. survey, Images of a New World, Witchcraft in Early America, Religious Culture in Early America, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Early America, The American Revolution, and U.S. Gay and Lesbian History.

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