Gene Allen Smith

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

Courses Taught

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

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