Early American History, Temple Early Atlantic Seminar, Journal of the Early Republic
Jessica Roney studies bottom-up political culture in colonial America. Her first book, Governed by a Spirit of Opposition: The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, studies voluntary associations and civic culture in Philadelphia from its English founding in 1682 until the American Revolution and argues that, in Philadelphia, the civic engagement of ordinary white men (rather than exclusively of elites) was far more pervasive than historians had understood. Her current book project, Revolutionary Settlement: The Colonies of the American Revolution, examines two linked diasporas that resulted from the American Revolution: one of Loyalists predominantly to Canada, and one of Anglo-American settlers to the trans-Appalachian west where they founded colonies that might—or might not—one day be part of the United States. Her work asks how these people (and the policymakers who wanted to regulate them!), who had all lived through the American Revolution, drew meaning from that seismic event, and how they implemented those lessons as they created new colonies as parts of larger empires.
Dr. Roney maintains an active role in early American studies, serving as the convener for the Temple Early Atlantic Seminar (TEAS), a forum for graduate student works-in-progress, as co-editor of book reviews for the Journal of the Early Republic, and on the executive council for the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. She is co-investigator with Dr. Rachel Herrmann (Cardiff University) in an Arts and Humanities Research Council Networking Grant (United Kingdom) through which they put on multi-year linked programming on the topic “Geographies of Power on Land and Water: Space, People, and Borders.”
Governed by a Spirit of Opposition: Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia (Johns Hopkins Press, 2014).
"1776, Viewed from the West," Journal of the Early Republic, (2017)
Editor and Introduction to special volume, "Port Cities in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800," Early American Studies, Vol. 15, No. 4 (2017)
"Speaking History to Power: History Policy Briefings in the Classroom," American Association for State and Local History: History News (2016)
HIST 0848: American Revolutions
HIST 0867: Founding Philadelphia
HIST 2280: Native American History
HIST: 3101: Colonial America
HIST 3102: Revolutionary America
HIST 4296: Writing American History - Senior Capstone
HIST 8101: Introduction to American History (Graduate)