Dr. Christopher Curtis

Department Head, Professor of History
Hawes 110A

Dr. Curtis's CV pdf

Courses Taught

  • HIST 3730 Jacksonian America
  • HIST 3750 Civil War and Reconstruction

Academic Profile

  • 1986, B.A., University of South Carolina
  • 1997, M.A., Virginia Tech
  • 2002, Ph.D.,Emory University

Research Interests

  • Church Property Rights and the Separation of Church and State
  • The U.S. Supreme Court during the Nullification Crisis


  • Jefferson’s Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion (Cambridge University Press, 2012). opens a new window 
  • “Codification in Virginia: Conway Robinson, John Mercer Patton, and the Politics of Law Reform,” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, (2009): 140-180.
  • “Reconsidering Suffrage Reform in the 1829-1830 Virginia Constitutional Convention,” Journal of Southern History, (2008): 89-124.
  • “Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Slavery, Property Rights, and the Language of Republicanism in Virginia’s House of Delegates, 1831-1832,” Australian Journal of Legal History, (2000): 93-114.

Publication Cover Art

cover of 'Jefferson's Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion.'