Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Jan. 28 – End of Open Add period

Feb. 4 – End of Permission Number Add Period

Feb. 4 – Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Feb. 12 – Last day to drop class without a “W” on Academic Record

Mar. 5 – Last day to drop classes

Mar. 12-18 – Spring Break

Mar. 23 – Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Apr. 30 – Last day of classes


Marcus P. Nevius

  • Assistant Professor
  • Washburn Hall, 217B
  • Phone: 401.874.5077
  • Email:


I joined the history department in 2016 as an assistant professor, with a joint appointment in Africana Studies. I have interests in early African American history, with particular emphasis on the histories of slave resistance, slave labor, slave economies, and abolition. I teach a wide range of courses derived of these interests, as well as courses that survey topics in the history of the early United States. I hold the B.A. and M.A. in history from North Carolina Central University, and the Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.

Currently, I am at work on a book tentatively titled “city of refuge”: Petit Marronage and the Slave’s Economy in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1790-1860, under contract with the University of Georgia Press’s Race in the Atlantic World 1700-1900 series. “city of refuge” is a story of petit marronage, a clandestine slave’s economy, and the construction of internal improvements in Virginia and North Carolina during the first half of the nineteenth century. Petit marronage describes a type of escape in which enslaved people repudiated legal and cultural enslavement by taking flight to remote swamps and forests throughout the Americas. The slave’s economy describes the various clandestine exchanges of goods and provisions that sustained maroon colonies. In examining these themes in the Great Dismal, “city of refuge” engages the historiographies of slave resistance and abolitionism, highlighting each as they unfolded within the Dismal’s extractive economy. What emerges in “city of refuge” is a close study of the ways that American maroons, enslaved canal laborers, white company agents, and commission merchants shaped, and were shaped, by the complex historical problems of race and economic development in the Early American Republic. This is a story based in primary sources including runaway advertisements; planters’ and merchants’ records, inventories, letterbooks and correspondence; colonial, provincial and state records; abolitionist pamphlets and broadsides; slave narratives; county free black registries; and the records and inventories of private companies.


  • Early African American History
  • History of the Early Republic
  • Slave Labor, Economy, and Resistance
  • History of the African Diaspora


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2016
  • MA., North Carolina Central University, 2010
  • BA., North Carolina Central University, 2005



  • Nevius, Marcus P. “city of refuge”: Petit Marronage and the Slave’s Economy of the Great Dismal Swamp, 1790-1860. Under contract with the University of Georgia Press, Race in the Atlantic World 1700-1900 Series.

Book Reviews

  • Lise, Michele Tarter, and Richard Bell, editors. Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012). Journal of African American History. Vol. 100. (2015): pages 138-142.
  • LaRoche, Cheryl Janifer. The Geography of Resistance: Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad. (Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2014). H-CivWar, H-Net Reviews. November 2014.
  • Jackson, Maurice. Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). Journal of African American History. 3-4 (2010): pages 435-437.

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