Faculty and Staff

Matthew J. Clavin
Associate Professor

Matthew J. Clavin

Email: mjclavin@uh.edu
Office: 561 Agnes Arnold Hall

Professor Clavin writes and teaches in the areas of American and Atlantic history, with a focus on the history of race, slavery, and abolition. He received his Ph.D. at American University in 2005 and is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others.


Professor Clavin teaches both halves of the United States survey course as well as a wide variety of upper level and graduate courses in early American and Atlantic history, from the earliest days of colonization through the late nineteenth century.

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Research Interests

Professor Clavin's book Toussaint Louverture and the American Civil War: the Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press is 2010. He has authored several articles and chapters on race, slavery, and memory in Civil War History, Early American Studies, Slavery and Abolition, and several anthologies. His current research focuses on fugitive slaves and their African American, European American, and Native American allies in the Deep South from the colonial period through the Civil War.

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Selected Publications

  • Toussaint Louverture and the Civil War: the Promise and Peril of a Second Haitian Revolution (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)

  • “ ‘It is a Negro, not an Indian War,’ Southampton, St. Domingo, and the Second Seminole War,” in Steven Belko, ed., America’s Hundred Years War: U.S. Expansion to the Gulf Coast and the Fate of the Seminoles, 1763-1858 (University of Florida Press, 2010)

  • “American Toussaints: Symbol, Subversion, and the Black Atlantic Tradition in the American Civil War,” in Maurice Jackson and Jacqueline Baker, eds., African Americans and the Haitian Revolution: Selected Essays and Historical Documents (Routledge, 2009)