Dr. Jason Sharples

Ph.D., Princeton University
Associate Professor and Interim Director, History Symposia Series

Areas of Expertise

  • Colonial North America
  • The American Revolution

Email: jsharples@fau.edu
Office Phone: (561) 297-4928

faculty photoDr. Sharples teaches early American history and world civilizations. He offers courses in early American colonial societies, European empires, and indigenous peoples; and the American Revolution and early United States. His students grapple with Early America’s foundational texts through hands-on experience with rare books in the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Collection, the likes of which appeared in the personal libraries of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

Dr. Sharples has conducted archival research in Europe, the Caribbean, and at major research libraries around the United States. He has published a book ( The World That Fear Made ), articles, and book chapters, including in the discipline's flagship journal, The American Historical Review.

He is currently researching colonists' and indigenous people's lived experiences of the three moments in which empires transfered their claims to colonial East Florida. Spain ceded Florida to Britain in 1763, Britain gave it back to Spain in 1783, and the United States ultimately claimed it in 1819-1821. Dr. Sharples has received external grants for this research from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the American Philosophical Society, the Huntington Library, the Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship in Memory of Kenneth R. LaVoy Jr., and the College of Arts and Letters at FAU.


Undergraduate courses

History of Civilization 1
United States History to 1877
Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in the U.S.
Colonial North America
The American Revolution

Graduate courses

Seminar in U.S. History
Readings in U.S. History

Curriculum Vitae (Available upon request)