I’m Jason Zeledon. I earned my Ph.D. in History at UC Santa Barbara and also have a M.A. (in History) from American University and B.A.s (in English and History) from UC Berkeley.
My research explores how America’s conflicts with the Barbary States (Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis) from 1784-1815 shaped the development of the political party system, ideas about gender and race, and nationalism. My main field of study is the early U.S. republic, but I also specialize in U.S. foreign relations and gender & women’s history.
Diplomatic History, the flagship academic journal of American foreign relations, has published my article about the 1805-1806 visit of a Tunisian diplomat to the United States: “‘As Proud as Lucifer’: A Tunisian Diplomat in Thomas Jefferson’s America,” Diplomatic History 41, no. 1 (January 2017), 155-182.
I have also presented my research at the annual conferences of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).
I welcome questions and am also available for speaking engagements! Feel free to comment on any of the pages or or e-mail me at [email protected].
Watch my lecture about the Barbary conflicts on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCv5XqCXmA&context=C3014940ADOEgsToPDskIcmil2HhIdJMjKfzSYSgZg
Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/BarbaryWarfare
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