Graduate Student Bios

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Jerrad P. Pacatte
Current Research: African American, Women’s and Gender History, Urban Slavery and Emancipation

Jerrad P. Pacatte is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. A student of Erica Armstrong Dunbar, his research and teaching interests include: the histories of urban slavery and emancipation in the colonial, early Republic, and antebellum north; female slavery and resistance to bondage; and questions pertaining to the enslaved’s mobility and utilization of space. His tentative dissertation project utilizes a number of these themes to rethink the history of African American slavery and black women’s history. From 2017-18, Jerrad chaired the department’s annual Interpreting American History (IAH) series. Entitled the “Scars of the Past: Violence in American History and Memory.” the series commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the tumultuous year 1968 in U.S. history and how the events of that year triggered the first studies of violence in U.S. historiography.     

Prior to attending Rutgers, Jerrad completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Oneonta. While at Oneonta, Jerrad served as an editorial assistant for the New York Quarterly history journal and completed an honors senior thesis supported by the State University of New York Research Foundation. He has published in the New York Quarterly journal and is a co-authored a chapter in the newest volume of Scarlet and Black, a historical examination of African American life in Rutgers and New Brunswick, New Jersey, history co-edited by Deborah Gray White, Marisa Fuentes, and Kendra Boyd (forthcoming).