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History Faculty

Dr. Paul Moyermoyer

Office: 333 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5681


  • Early American History


  • Ph.D. American History, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 1999
    Dissertation :"Wild Yankees: Settlement, Conflict, and Localism along Pennsylvania's Northeast Frontier, 1760-1820."
  • M.A. American History, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, May 1996
  • B.A. History, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, May 1992

Awards and Honors

  •  SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Courses Taught

  • Colonial North America
  • The American Revolution
  • History of the United States
  • The American Frontier
  • Native American History
  • Natives and Newcomers
  • History Research Methods
  • The Salem Witchcraft Crisis


  • Wild Yankees: The Struggle for Independence along the Revolutionary Frontier (Cornell University Press, 2007)
  • "'A Dangerous Combination of Villians': Pennsylvania's Wild Yankees and the Social Context of Agrarian Resistance in Early America," Pennsylvania History 73 (Winter 2006).
  • "'Real' Indians, 'White' Indians, and the Contest fot the Wyoming Valley," in William Pencak and Daniel Richter, eds, Friends and Enemies in Penn's Woods: Indians, Colonists, and the Racial Construction of Pennsylvania (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2004).
  • "Pennsylvania's Yankee Invasion: Migration, Settlement, and Backcountry Resistance Along the Northern Susquehanna River Valley" in James N. McCord, Jr. and Andrew M. Schocket eds., Moving On: European, Atlantic, and American Migration in the Age of Expansion and Settlement, 15th-20th Centuries. Williamsburg: The College of William & Mary and the University of North Carolina, 1995.

Conferences and Presentations

  • "Revisiting the Public Universal Friend." UNYWHO Conference, 2009.
  • "The Society of Universal Friends: Religion & Gender in Revolutionary America." National Univ. of Ireland, Maynooth, 2009.
  • "The Household Politics of Agrarian Resistance." OJEAHC-SEA Meeting, 2007
  • "'Being duly Sworn, Deposeth and saith': Exploring Conflicting Narratives in the Kidnapping of Timothy Pickering." American Historical Association meeting, January 2001.
  • "'A Great Many Wrangling Disputes': Competency, Conflict, and Pennsylvania's Pennamite-Yankee Wars, 1782-85." Pennsylvania Historical Association Conference, November 1999.
  • "Pennsylvania's Yankee Invasion: Migration, Settlement, and Backcountry Resistance along the Northern Susquehanna River Valley." EU/USA Intensive Course on Migration, College of William & Mary, February 1995. 

Current Projects

  • Dr. Moyer is currently working on a book-length project on Jemima Wilkenson, the "Public Universal Friend" and her followers, the Society of Universal Friends, in which he intends to expore the intersection of gender, religion and frontier settlement during the era of the American Revolution.

Last Updated 7/31/14


History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

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Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been named a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.