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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


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

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.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Sig and Nadine Synnestvedt Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 10/08/15, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Leigh Anne Francis (The College of New Jersey), Title: "’Bad Little Black Girls’: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Remaking of White Supremacy.”

Maynooth Lecture, Wednesday, 10/28/2015, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Filipe Ribeiro-deMeneses (University of Maynooth-IRELAND), Title: 'Making sense of the Hitler's New Order: European neutrals, 1940-1944'

Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"