Trustee, Saratoga County History Center
Adjunct Professor, Union College (Schenectady, NY)
Adjunct Professor, Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
Co-Editor, The Gristmill

Twitter: @DrMichaelLandis

Hello!  Thank you for visiting my website. Just a little bit about myself  . . .

I am passionate about human and animal rights, and I am a fierce egalitarian. 

I grew up in southern California, but moved to southwest Florida for high school.  I was captivated by music and band throughout my teenage years, caring little for anything else.  I expected to become a professional musician, but decided upon a classic liberal arts education instead.  Venturing off on my own, I lefty sunny Florida and my parents to study history and political science at Boston University (and, of course, to play in every band I could get in to).  After graduation, I returned to southwest Florida to teach history and music, and to play drums in a local rock band (we weren’t very good, but we had some fans and had plenty of fun).  Upon realizing that history was my destiny, I entered the PhD program at The George Washington University.  It was there that I met my future wife and fell hopelessly in love.  In 2010, she and I moved to Charleston, SC, where she worked in publishing and I wrote my dissertation (and we adopted our first puppy, a rescue mutt we named Molly!).  Short on funds, we relocated to Las Vegas, NV where we lived with family and I picked-up teaching gigs wherever I could.  After defending my dissertation, I accepted a VAP position at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  So, once again, we relocated across the country.  In the fall of 2012, I was offered a tenure-track position at a state university in Texas.  Shortly after our wedding, my wife and I moved to the Fort Worth area and began our Texas adventure. In the Lone Star State, we adopted our second dog, Abita, another rescue mutt with an abundance of energy and personality.

In 2018, my wife, who worked for the YMCA, accepted a promotion and relocation to her hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY. That is where we currently reside with Molly and Abita. In 2019, I was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Saratoga County History Center, where I lead their public education and events programming. I have also taught at SUNY Ulster, Hudson Valley Community College, and Union College.

I have one book published, Northern Men with Southern Loyalties: The Democratic Party and the Sectional Crisis (Cornell, 2014), which examines pro-slavery sentiment in the free states in the 1850s.  I’m currently working on a second manuscript, Cornerstone of the Confederacy: Slavery and Power in Civil War Georgia, which aims to bring in the voices of the enslaved and unfranchised to the narrative of Georgia’s experience with secession and the Confederacy.  Please see my CV for a full list of publications and academic endeavors.

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