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Padraig Riley

Assistant Professor - On Leave 2016-2017

Department of History

Email: p.riley@dal.ca
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
Room 3168, Marion McCain Building, 3165 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • 19th-century American history
  • Political history
  • Intellectual history
  • Cultural history
  • History of slavery


  • BA (UC Berkeley)
  • MA (UC Berkeley)
  • PhD (UC Berkeley)

Selected publications

  • Slavery and the Democratic Conscience: Political Life in Jeffersonian America, forthcoming September 2015 from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • “The Lonely Congressmen: Gender and Politics in Early Washington D.C.” Journal of the Early Republic 34, no. 2 (Summer 2014) 243-273
  • “The Presidency of John Quincy Adams,” A Companion to John Adams and John Quincy Adams, ed. David Waldstreicher (New York: John A. Wiley, 2013) 
  • “Slavery and the Problem of Democracy in Jeffersonian America,” Contesting Slavery: The Politics of Freedom and Bondage in the New American Nation, ed. John Craig Hammond and Matthew Mason (University of Virginia Press, 2011)
  • “Clark Kerr: From the Industrial to the Knowledge Economy.”  American Capitalism: Social Theory and Capitalist Reality in the American Century, ed. Nelson Lichtenstein.  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)

Teaching  (On Leave 2014-2015)  

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