Reeve Huston

Associate Professor of History

External address: 
212 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-2271


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1995

  • M.A., Yale University 1985

  • B.A., Wesleyan University 1982

Reforging American Democracy: Political Practice in the United States, 1812-1840 awarded by American Antiquarian Society (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

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. "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)