Ruma Chopra


University of California, Davis

B.S. and M.A.

Carnegie Mellon University


DMH 218





Faculty Page

Associate Professor

Area of Interest

Atlantic World: Riots and Rebellions, Slavery and Anti-Slavery, Voluntary and Involuntary Migrations, Kinship networks


Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2013).

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution (University of Virginia Press, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

“Loyalist Women during the Revolutionary Era,” in T.A. Foster (ed) Women in Early America (New York University Press, 2015).

“Charles Inglis,” in M.G. Spencer (ed) The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (Bloomsbury, 2015).

“Religion and the Loyalists,” in D.L. Dreisbach and M.D. Hall (eds) Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford, 2014). (Co-written with R. M. Calhoon)

“Enduring patterns of Loyalist Study: Definitions and Contours,” History Compass, 11, no. 11 (2013): 983–993.

“Loyalists,” in L. Dumenil (ed) Encyclopedia of American Social History (Oxford Press, 2013).

“Printer Hugh Gaine Crosses and Re-Crosses the Hudson,” New York History, 90 (Fall, 2009): 271–285.

Books Reviewed

J. Jemmott, Ties that Bind: The Black Family in Post-Slavery Jamaica, 1834–1882, in CHOICE (October, 2015)

P. Papas, Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee, in American Historical Review, 120, no. 1 (2015): 236.

P. Gould, Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America, in Journal of American History, 101, no. 2 (2014).

J. Bannister and L Riordan, The Loyal Atlantic: Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era, in The Journal of Early Modern History, 17, no. 3 (2013): 309–311.

W. Roberts, A Place in History: Albany in the Age of Revolution, 1775–1825, in Journal of Early American History, 32, no. 3 (Fall, 2012): 561–563.

Invited Talks, 2010–2015

Conable Conference in International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, “Black Exiles in Nova Scotia and Sierra Leone”

George Washington Teacher Institute, Mount Vernon, Virginia, “Loyalist Perspective on the American Revolution”

Society of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Post-Revolutionary Legacies”

John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island, “Enemies of the British Atlantic, 1750–1800”

Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York City, New York, “Through Loyalist Eyes: The American Revolution as an Unnatural Rebellion” (Recorded By C-SPAN, see

Richmond Roundtable on the American Revolution, Richmond, Virginia, “Rethinking Loyalism in British America, 1750–1800”

David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, “Choosing Sides: Allegiances during the Revolutionary Era”

Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, “Deporting ‘Dangerous Enemies,’ 1750–1800”

College of William & Mary, Omohundro Institute of Early American History, Williamsburg, Virginia, “Post-War Loyalist Hopes: ‘To be Parts & not Dependencies of the Empire’ ”

The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics & Institutions, Athens, Ohio, “The Loyalist Problem of Suppressing the ‘Unnatural Rebellion’ ”

External Fellowships

Gilder Lehrman Institute, 2016

American Philosophical Society, 2015

Huntington Library, 2014

John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2013

Clements Library, University of Michigan, 2012

Current Projects

“The Jamaican Trail of Tears: Maroons in the Anti-Slavery Era”