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Roark Atkinson

Associate Professor of History

Year Joined RCNJ: 2008

Contact Information


  • M.A., Indiana University
  • Ph.D., Indiana University

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction to U.S. History I
  • Early American Religious History
  • Colonial North America
  • Era of the American Revolution
  • Empire and Independence in the Americas.

Teaching Interests:

  • North America, Colonial and Revolutionary Periods
  • Religion in the Atlantic World, Latin America

Research Interests:

  • Popular Religion in the American South
  • Scottish and Irish Culture

Scholarly Activity:

  • “Satan in the Pulpit: Popular Christianity During the Scottish Great Awakening, 1680–1750.” Journal of Social History 47, no. 2 (2013) 344–70.
  • Review of Hofstra, Ed., Ulster to America: The Scots-Irish Migration Experience, 1680–1830.” Journal of Southern History 2 (2013)
  • Review of Cashin, Edward J., Guardians of the Valley: Chickasaws in Colonial South Carolina and Georgia.” H-SC (H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online) (2011)
  • “Adjunct Faculty: A Buyer’s Market.” Organization of American Historians Newsletter 24 (1996): 1, 4, 10.
Book Project
  • Invisible Plantations: Religious Violence, Occult Healing, and Witchcraft in the Scottish Atlantic World, 1590-1820
  • “From ‘The Bench of Witch Doctors’ to Judge Lynch: Popular Religion and Vigilante Violence in Early America, 1730-1830.” HGS Colloquium Series, Ramapo College. 2013.
  • “Empirical Wonders: Sense and Faith at Scottish Revivals, 1690–1750” at the American Society of Church History meeting in San Diego, CA (co-convened with The American Historical Association’s annual meeting). 2010.
  • “Satanic Migrations: The Transmission of Scottish Popular Religion to America,” Society of Early Americanists conference, Bermuda, UK. 2009.
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