Gene Allen Smith

Professor
History
Reed Hall 222

g.smith@tcu.edu | 817-257-6295

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Education

Ph.D. Auburn University 1991
Additional graduate study: University of Virginia, 1992.
MA Auburn University 1987
BA Auburn University 1984

Courses Taught

Undergraduate:
U.S. to 1877
U.S. since 1877
World History to 1400
World History since 1400
Technology & Civilization
Technology & Environment

Colonial America
American Revolution
The Age of Jefferson
War of 1812
American Naval History

Graduate:
Colonial America
Revolutionary America
The Age of Jefferson
U.S. Naval Development
The Profession of History

Areas of Focus

Early American, Maritime, & American Naval

In Harm’s Way: The U.S. Military Experience, with Rodney Kyle Longley and David Coffey. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2017.

“The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812,” New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN 978-0-230-34208-8.

ed., Nexus of Empire: Negotiating Loyalty and Identity in the Revolutionary Borderlands, 1760s-1820s, with Sylvia L. Hilton. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010. ISBN 978-0-8130-3399-0. Paperback edition, 2011; ISBN 978-0-8130-3727-1.

Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2000. ISBN 1-55750-848-8.

ed., Historical Memoir of the War in West Florida and Louisiana in 1814-15: With an Atlas, by Arsène Lacarrière Latour (1816). Gainesville: The Historic New Orleans Collection and the University Press of Florida, 1999. Paperback edition, 2008. ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3335-8.

Filibusters and Expansionists: Jeffersonian Manifest Destiny, 1800-1821, with Frank Lawrence Owsley, Jr. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 1997. ISBN 0- 8173-0880-6.

Paperback edition, 2004. ISBN 0-8173-5117-5. Iron and Heavy Guns: Duel Between the Monitor and Merrimac, Abilene, TX: McWhiney Foundation Press, a Consortium member of Texas A&M University Press, 1996. ISBN 1-886661-15-4.

“For the Purposes of Defense”: The Politics of the Jeffersonian Gunboat Program. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1995. ISBN 0-87413-559-1

Featured Speaker: Internacional Ingeniería Militar en América. Siglos XVII y XIX Conference. “Arsene Lacarriere Latour: Architect, Military Engineer, and Agent Provocateur in the Gulf of Mexico Borderlands.” University of Seville, Seville, Spain, November 18-21, 2015.

VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum: “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812.” Annapolis, Maryland, April 23, 2014.

Chiles Florida History Lecture: “The Slaves’ Gamble” Choosing Sides During the War of 1812,” at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, November 21, 2013.

McMullen Keynote Address: “Brown Water, Blue Water: The Naval Battle for New Orleans.” McMullen Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, September 19-21, 2013.

Banner Lecture: “The Slaves’ Gamble: Choosing Sides During the War of 1812” at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, September 4, 2013.

Tom Elam Lecture at the University of Tennessee-Martin: “Catesby ap Roger Jones and the Battle for Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862.” Martin, Tennessee, February 8, 2013.

Featured Speaker: Musée de la Civilisation. “Controlling the Waters:” The Anglo-French Struggle for North America.” Québec City, Canada, June 13, 2002.

Featured Speaker: Smithsonian Institution, “Damn the Torpedoes: Admirals Farragut and Franklin at Mobile Bay,” Washington, D.C., February 25, 1998.

  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Southern Historical Association, (lifetime member)
  • Society for Military History
  • Naval Heritage Foundation (lifetime member)
  • North American Society for Oceanic History
  • Virginia Historical Society
  • Louisiana Historical Association
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • President, North American Society for Oceanic History, Summer 2015–Present.
  • Co-Editor, Book Series “New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology,” Naval Institute Press, 2011-2016; University Press of Florida, 1999-2011. 42 books; 7 national award winners.
  • Editor, Book Series “Contested Boundaries,” University Press of Florida, 2012-Present.
  • Treasurer, Society for Historians of the Early Republic, 1998-Present.
  • Member, TCU Press Editorial Advisory Board, 1998-Present.
  • Member, Board of Advisors for the Journal of the War of 1812, 2003-Present.
  • Director, Center for Texas Studies at TCU, Aug 2002 – Present
  • Curator of History, Fort Worth Museum, Apr 2008 – July 2014