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John

Garrison Marks

Ph.D. Candidate, Rice University


jgm4@rice.edu | 2701 W. Girard Ave, Unit 10 | Philadelphia, PA 19130

Education
Rice University, Department of History, Houston, Texas

2012-Present
Ph.D. Candidate (Degree Expected 2015)
Ports of Freedom: Race and Respectability in the Urban Black Atlantic
James Sidbury (Advisor), Alida Metcalf, James H. Sweet, W. Caleb McDaniel,
Jenifer Bratter
Rice University, Department of History, Houston, Texas



2012
M.A., Fields: U.S. South, Latin America, 19th Century United States
Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia





2010
B.A., History and Spanish; Museum Studies Minor
Cum Laude, Highest Honors (History)

Publications

Liberia, Encyclopedia of African American Culture, (Greenwood Press)



Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: An Atlantic World Anthology,

Co-Editor with Whitney Stewart; University of Georgia Press, Race in

the Atlantic World, 17001900 Series (Under Review).
Community Bonds in the Bayou City: Free Blacks and Local Reputation in Early

Houston, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 117, No. 3, Jan. 2014.

2016
2015

Invited Participant, Brooks Dissertation Forum, St. George Tucker Society



Wagoner Foreign Study Fellowship (Colombia-6 Months), Rice University

James Scott Peterson Distinguished Service Award, Department of History,

Rice University
Southern Historical Association Summer Editorial Internship


W.W. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship in History, Lynchburg College
History Scholars Finalist Program, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Jeanne Roberts Bickner Award in History, Lynchburg College


North Award, best essay published in The Agora, Lynchburg College

2014
2013
2013

2014

Awards and Fellowships

2011
2010
2007
2007
2007

Professional Experience
Co-Organizer, Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: A Symposium

on the Atlantic World, Rice University
Assistant Director, Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Culture

Rice University
Graduate Assistant, Race Scholars at Rice, Rice University


Peer Review Referee, Virginia Social Science Journal


2013-2014
2013-2014
2012-2013

2012

Editorial Assistant, Journal of Southern History


Archival Assistant, Woodson Research Center

Rice University

2010-2012

2011

Presentations

Black Freedom in the Urban Americas: Free People of Color, Organizational


2015

Membership, and Social Distinction in Charleston and Cartagena,

Conference on Latin American History/AHA Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
Crafting Freedom: Free Black Artisans and Respectability in Cartagena and
2014

Charleston, Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
A new and bloodier war against the whites: Pardo Officials and Race War in
2014

Nineteenth-Century Caribbean Colombia,

BrANCH Special Conference at Rice University, Houston, TX (Upcoming)
"Legislating Proslavery Ideology: The Texas Self-Enslavement Law of 1858,
2013

American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
Honesty, Industry, and Integrity: Free Blacks in Harris County, Texas, 18381863, 2011

Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
Honesty, Industry, and Integrity: An Analysis of Free Black Residency Petitions
2011

in Antebellum Harris County, Texas,

Louisiana State University Graduate History Conference, Baton Rouge, LA

Reviews
Faith In Their Own Color: Black Episcopalians in Antbellum New York City

2014

By Craig D. Townsend, New York History (forthcoming)
Galveston Chronicles: The Queen City of the Gulf




2014

Donald Willett, ed.., Southwestern Historical Quarterly (forthcoming)
A Free Man of Color and His Hotel: Race, Reconstruction, and the Federal Government, 2014

By Carol Gelderman, Journal of African American History (forthcoming).
Ambiguous Anniversary: The Bicentennial of the International Slave Trade Bans
2014

David T. Gleeson and Simon Lewis, eds., South Carolina Historical Magazine,

(Jan. 2014)
British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History


2013

Donald A. Yerxa, ed., Journal of Southern History, (Nov. 2013).

Digital Scholarship/Publications

Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner The American Yawp: A Collaboratively Built,
2014

Free, Online American History Textbook.
Guest Contributor, GradHacker






2012-2013

Making the Most of Long Term Research Trips,
https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/making-most-long-
term-research-trips

On Applying For A Fulbright, http://www.gradhacker.org/2012/05/04/on-
applying-for-a-fulbright







Guest Contributor, U.S. Intellectual History Blog




2013

http://s-usih.org/2013/11/white-ideology-and-black-freedom-in-the-antebellum-
south.html
Guest Contributor, Americas North and South Blog




2013

http://americasouthandnorth.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/on-the-farmers-strike-in-
colombia-guest-post


Slavery and the Law in the Old South, Connexions Module,


2011

http://cnx.org/content/m40377/1.1.

Service
Rice University, Department of History, Graduate Studies Committee

Graduate Student Representative




Assistant Graduate Student Representative


Rice University, Athletics Committee

Graduate Student Representative



2012-2013
2011-2012

2012-2013

Teaching

Instructor, World Civilization II, Raritan Valley Community College (NJ)



Instructor, First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS),




The Black Freedom Struggle in America
Teaching Assistant, First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) 168,


Building Design Problems, Dr. Alan L. Fleischacker
Teaching Assistant, First-Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) 112,

Borges, Cortzar, and Latin American Fantastic Fiction, Dr. Lane Kauffman

Professional Affiliations
American Historical Association
South Carolina Historical Association
Southern Historical Association Latin American and Caribbean Section

Foreign Languages
Spanish: Fluent

References
James Sidbury, Rice University

js58@rice.edu
Alida Metcalf, Rice University

acm5@rice.edu
W. Caleb McDaniel, Rice University

caleb.mcdaniel@rice.edu

2015
2014
2013
2012