Robert Paquette, PhD
Executive Director, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
Robert Paquette received his BA cum laude in 1973 from Bowling Green State University; he received his PhD with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester. He has published dozens of books and articles on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history. More recently, his essay "Of Facts and Fables: New Light on the Denmark Vesey Affair" (co-authored with Douglas Egerton) won the Malcolm C. Clark Award, given by the South Carolina Historical Society. He has co-edited (with Stanley Engerman) The Lesser Antilles in the Age of European Expansion (1996); (with Louis A. Ferleger) Slavery, Secession, and Southern History (2000); (with Stanley Engerman and Seymour Drescher) Slavery (2001); (with Mark M. Smith) The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas (2010); with Rebecca J. Fox, "Unbought Grace": An Elizabeth Fox-Genovese Reader" (2011); He is currently working on A Grand Carnage, a study of the largest slave insurrection in United States history and, with Douglas Egerton, Court of Death: A Documentary History of the Denmark Vesey Affair. In 2005, the University of Rochester invited him to return to his alma mater to receive the Mary Young Award for distinguished achievement. A recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Historical Association, the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as for the AHI from VERITAS, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Watson-Brown Foundation, Armstrong Foundation, Apgar Foundation, Jack Miller Center, and Charles G. Koch Foundation.
In 2007, Paquette co-founded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. In 2006-2008, he served on the Scholars Council of the Jack Miller Center. In 2008, he was appointed to the advisory board of the Cobb Forum on Southern Jurisprudence and Intellectual Thought of the Watson-Brown Foundation. That same year President George W. Bush forwarded Paquette's nomination to the Senate for a seat on the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012, the American Freedom Alliance awarded him the Heroes of Conscience Award. He has taught at Hamilton College for thirty years. He held the Publius Virgilius Rogers Chair in American History for seventeen years until January 2011, when he resigned the title in protest. In 2013 The United States Commission on Civil Rights appointed him to the New York State Advisory Committee. In 2014, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the American Conservative Union Foundation awarded him the Jeane Jordan Kirkpatrick Prize for Academic Freedom.