Associate Professor of History
My research focuses on the emergence of two-party democracy in the United States--a process that took place between the 1790s and the 1840s. My current book project examines the origins of Jacksonian democracy. I also think and write about social and political conflicts over the distribution of land in North America during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Huston, R. The Early American Republic: A History in Documents. Oxford University Press, November 2010.
Huston, R. Land and Freedom: Rural Society, Popular Protest, and Party Politics in Antebellum New York. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Huston, R. "Land Conflict and Land Policy in the United States, 1785-1841." In The World of the American Revolutionary Republic: Land, Labor, and the Conflict for a Continent,edited by A Shankman. Routledge, March 2014.
Huston, R. "Rethinking the Origins of Partisan Democracy in the United States, 1795-1840." In Practicing Democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War,edited by AIP Smith and D Peart. forthcoming, University Press of Virginia, 2014.
Huston, R. "Rethinking 1828: The Emergence of Competing Democracies in the United States." In Contested Democracy: Participation and Contestation in the English-speaking World,edited by E Avril and J Neem. Routledge, 2014.
Huston, R. "Multiple Crossings: Thomas Devyr and the American Fate of British Agrarianism." In Transatlantic Rebels: Agrarian Radicalism in Comparative Context,edited by JC Scott and T Summerhill. Michigan State University Press, 2004. (Essay)
Huston, R. "Popular Movements and Party Politics: The Case of the New York Anti-Rent Wars." In Beyond the Founders: Explorations in the Politics of the Early American Republic,edited by J Pasley, A Robertson, and D Waldstreicher. University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Huston, R. "That’s No Guppy, That’s Leviathan: Rethinking the Nineteenth-Century American State." Reviews in American History 39 (Sept. 2011) (2011). (Review)
Huston, R. "What We Talk About When We Talk About Democracy: Reengaging the American Democratic Tradition." Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life (October 2008).
Huston, R. "The Little Magician After the Show: Martin Van Buren, Gentleman Farmer and Agricultural Reformer." New York History 85 (2004): 92-121.
Huston, R. "review of Joanne Freeman, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic." American Nineteenth Century History 3 (2002): 98-100. (Review)
Huston, R. "Battling over the Boundaries of the American Electorate." Reviews in American History 29 (2001): 628-634. (Review)
Huston, R. "The Parties and ’the People’: The New York Anti-Rent Wars and the Contours of Jacksonian Politics." Journal of the Early Republic 20 (2000): 241-71.