Dr. Justin Pope, Assistant Professor

Justin Pope joined the Missouri S&T faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2017.  He received his Ph.D. in history from the George Washington University and spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery at Brown University.

Justin previously worked as an urban planner for the cities of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and Medford, Oregon, before returning to academia to pursue his passion for colonial American history.  His interest in the history of early America and the early modern Atlantic World has led him as far afield as Ghana, in West Africa, and Barbados in the Caribbean.  His research has been supported by several nationally competitive fellowships, including the American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Dissertation Completion Award.

His current book project Dangerous Spirit of Liberty: How Slave Rebellion Transformed the Atlantic World, 1688 to 1750 is under review with the editors of the Atlantic Slavery Series of Cambridge University Press.  The manuscript examines an eruption of real and imagined slave uprisings that swept through the Atlantic World in the first half of the eighteenth century.  His article “Inventing an Indian Slave Conspiracy in Nantucket, 1738,” has recently been published in Early American Studies.


“Inventing an Indian Slave Conspiracy in Nantucket, 1738,” Early American Studies 15, no. 3 (2017): 505-38.