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Professor and Associate Chair

Phone: (585) 395-5681
Office: 333 Liberal Arts Building


  • Early American History

Courses taught

  • HST 211: Early American History Seminar
  • HST 310: American Indian History
  • HST/MSC 327: The American Military Experience
  • HST/WMS 332: Witchcraft & Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe
  • HST 390: History Research Methods: Witchcraft in 17th-Century New England
  • HST 4/514: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis
  • HST 4/515: Natives & Newcomers: Indian-European Relations, 1492-1840
  • HST 4/516: The Invasion of America (Colonial North American History)
  • HST 4/517: The American Revolution
  • HST 4/527: Material Culture
  • HST 614: Early American Reading Seminar


  • 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.



  • The Public Universal Friend: Jemima Wilkinson and Religious Enthusiasm in Revolutionary America. Cornell University Press, 2015.
  • Wild Yankees: the Struggle for Independence along Pennsylvania's Revolutionary Frontier, 1750-1820. Cornell University Press, 2007.

Articles & Essays

  • "Prosecuting a Prophet," New York Archivist (Fall 2017).
  • "Protest and Rebellion." In American Centuries: Vol. 3, the Eighteenth Century, edited
  • by Brendan McConville, 217-25. New York: MTM Publishing, 2011.
  • "'A Dangerous Combination of Villains': Pennsylvania's Wild Yankees and the Social Context of Agrarian Resistance in Early America," Pennsylvania History, 73 (Winter 2006): 37-68.
  • "'Real' Indians, 'White' Indians, and the Contest for the Wyoming Valley." In Friends and Enemies in Penn's Woods: Indians, Colonists, and the Racial Construction of Pennsylvania, edited by William A. Pencak and Daniel K. Richter, 221-37 (notes 314-18) State College, PA: Penn State University Press, 2004.
  • "Pennsylvania's Yankee Invasion: Migration, Settlement and Backcountry Resistance in the Northern Susquehanna River Valley." In Moving On: European, Atlantic and American Migration in the Age of Expansion and Settlement, 15th-20th Centuries, edited by James M. McCord and Andrew M. Schocket, 49-56. Chapel Hill, NY: The College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Professional Presentations

  • March 2017, "Sarah Osborn & Female Spiritual Authority in Early America," Society of Early Americanists, Tulsa, OK.
  • July 2014. "Domestic Order and Spiritual Authority in the Society of Universal Friends." SHEAR Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • January 2011. "'Keeping up the Indian Yell': the Intercultural Context of Agrarian Violence." AHA Conference, Boston, MA.
  • July 2010. "The Friend and Friends: Contextualizing the Intersection of Religion and and Gender in the Early Republic." SHEAR conference, Rochester, NY.
  • April 2009. "The Society of Universal Friends: Religion &; Gender in Revolutionary America." National University of Ireland at Maynooth.
  • March 2009. "Revisiting the Public Universal Friend." UNWHO Conference, Geneva, NY.
  • June 2007. "The Household Politics of Agrarian Resistance." OIEAHC/SEA Conference, Williamsburg, VA.
  • January 2001. "'Being duly sworn, doth depose and say": The Wyoming Controversy and the Problems of Historical Narrative." AHA Conference, Boston, MA.
  • November 1999. "The Wyoming Dispute and the Pennamite-Yankee Wars." Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • February 1995. "Pennsylvania's Yankee Invasion: Migration, Settlement and Backcountry Resistance in the Northern Susquehanna River Valley." EU/USA Intensive Conference/Workshop, Williamsburg, VA.

Current Projects

Dr. Moyer is currently revising the book manuscript "Detestable and Wicked Arts": New England and Witch-hunting in the English Atlantic, 1640-1670 that explores the connections between witchcraft in the Puritan colonies, early modern Europe, and the rest of England;s seventeenth-century Atlantic Empire


Last Updated 2/7/18

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