About Me

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.

The winnerMy 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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  • turkeyteacher2007

    Hey man, interesting research. I will go through things more thoroughly later this week. It was nice to meet you yesterday. – Douglas Rohde

  • Anonymous

    Hey Douglas- thanks for the
    interest in my research.  Definitely feel free to keep the comments
    coming!  See you around more Chiefs games?

  • Amy Greenberg

    Hi Jason, Just checking out your website before our panel on Thursday. This is really great. I look forward to sharing it with my students. Amy Greenberg

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the kind words and for sharing my website with your students!  I look forward to seeing you at the SHAFR conference.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t- I no longer run Icarus Games.  Thanks for checking out my website!

  • Angelica Quirarte

    Sounds interesting, would love to hear why this sparks so much interest in you! It’s a part of history that should be more exposed. See you in Section! -Angie Q

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for your comment!  I like studying the Barbary Wars since they featured epic adventure (Eaton and Hamet’s march/coup attempt) and humorous absurdity (American comments about North African masculinity) while having lasting significance through fueling a sense of U.S. cultural exceptionalism and setting precedents for relations with non-white countries.  I’m lucky in that no one else has thoroughly explored the Barbary Wars’ cultural and gendered dimensions!

  • emarch035

    Using this as a source for a history paper…great info and detail. Thanks

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