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In a long-sought homecoming, Prof. Pasley joined the MU History Department in1999 after several years at Florida State University in Tallahassee. One of his first experiences with historical research was driving his grandfather (who lived in Jefferson City) to the State Historical Society of Missouri, across the street from the History Department's Read Hall, to work on his genealogy. Pasley last lived in the Midwest in 1986, when he graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After Carleton, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a reporter-researcher for The New Republic and then as a junior speechwriter for Al Gore's failed 1988 presidential campaign.
Finding past American politics more engaging that the present-day variety, Pasley entered the History of American Civilization program at Harvard in 1988, studying early American history with Bernard Bailyn and writing a dissertation on the rise of professional politicians. Pasley's research (encompassing several different projects) focuses on American political culture between the American Revolution and the Civil War, with particular emphasis on the practical aspects and middle levels of political life. This interest has led him to such misunderstood or little-studied topics as the histories of the partisan press, lobbying, and campaign.
From Print-Shop to Congress and Back: Easton's Thomas J. Rogers and the Rise of Newspaper Politics. In Backcountry Crucibles: The Lehigh Valley from Settlement to Steel, ed. Jean R. Soderlund and Catherine Parzynski, 257-283. Bethlehem, Pa: Lehigh University Press, 2008.
Minnows, Spies, and Aristocrats: The Social Crisis of Congress in the Age of Martin Van Buren. Journal of the Early Republic 27 (Winter 2007): 599-653.
Politics and the Misadventures of Thomas Jefferson's Modern Reputation: A Review Essay. Journal of Southern History 72 (2006): 1-38.
"The Tyranny of Printers": Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2001.
Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic (with David Waldstreicher and Andrew W. Robertson). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
The Cheese and the Words: Popular Political Culture and Participatory Democracy in the Age of Jefferson. In Beyond the Founders (see above), ed. Pasley, Robertson, and Waldstreicher.
Democracy, Gentility, and Lobbying in the Early U.S. Congress. The American Congress: The Building of Democracy, ed. Julian E. Zelizer, 38-62. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Old Familiar Vampires: The Politics of the Buffyverse. In Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, ed. James B. South, 254-67. Chicago: Open Court Press, 2003
1800 as a Revolution in Political Culture: Newspapers, Celebrations, Voting, and Democratization in the Early Republic. In The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic, ed. Peter S. Onuf, Jan E. Lewis, and James Horn, 121-152. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2002.
Private Access and Public Power: Gentility and Lobbying in the Early Congress. In The House and the Senate in the 1790s: Petitioning, Lobbying, and Institutional Development, ed. Kenneth R. Bowling and Donald R. Kennon, 57-99. Athens: Ohio University Press for the United States Capitol Historical Society, 2002.
In addition to survey and upper-level courses on early and 19th-century American history, Pasley's teaching interests include Native American and frontier history, as well as a seriously fun course that defies classification, Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracies in American Culture.
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History 8021. Graduate Readings on the Early American Republic
History 4070/7070. Indians and Europeans in Early America
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