James“Jim” Patrick Ambuske

ambuske@law.virginia.edu

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA 22911

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. University of Virginia, History, August 2016
Dissertation: “‘The Loss it Sustain’d by the immense drain of Men’: The Imperial Politics of Scottish Emigration to Revolutionary America, 1756-1803”
Advisor: Peter S. Onuf

M.A. Miami University, History, December 2006
Thesis: “Minting America: Coinage and the Contestation of American Identity, 1775-1800”
Advisor: Andrew R. L. Cayton

B.A. Miami University, Cum Laude, May 2004
History and Political Science, Thematic Sequence in Geology

CURRENT POSITION:

Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities
Arthur J. Morris Law Library, University of Virginia School of Law

August 2016-Present

CURRENT RESEARCH:

I am presently engaged in studies of Scottish and American transatlantic politics and legal culture, Jeffersonian ideas of law and legal education in the early American Republic, and George III’s reign during the era of the American Revolution.

PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS:

Era of the American Revolution and the Early Republic, Age of Revolutions, Scottish-American colonial relations, Digital Humanities, U.S. Military History to 1900.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Instructor, University of Virginia:

America and Scotland in an Age of War and Revolution, 1754-1815
(4th Year Research Seminar) Fall 2014

American History, c.1600-1865: Introductory Level Survey Course, Summer 2014

A ‘Glorious Cause’ and an ‘Unnatural Rebellion’: The American Revolution”
(4th Year Research Seminar) Fall 2013

Adjunct Instructor, John Tyler Community College

American History, c.1600-1865: Introductory Level Survey Course
Summer 2015

Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia:

Revolutionary France, 1770-1815, Fall 2013
Greek and Roman Warfare, Spring 2012
U.S. Military History, 1600-1900, Spring 2012
The Age of Thomas Jefferson, Fall 2011
Palestine, 1948, Fall 2011
American Intellectual and Cultural History, Spring 2011
Ancient Greece, Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant, Miami University:

World History Since 1500, Spring 2006
United States to 1865, Fall 2005
United States Since 1865, Spring 2005
United States to 1865, Fall 2004

ACADEMIC MENTORING:

Co-Supervisor of two Public History Interns in Summer 2017 for the Digital 1828 Catalogue Collection Project and the Diary of a Dean Project.

Andrew Fallen – Distinguished Majors Program Candidate, Corcoran Department of History
DMP Thesis: “Reciprocal Revolutions: Alcohol and the American War for Independence” (Completed, Spring 2014).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence in the Humanities
University of Virginia, 2013-2014. Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in the Humanities.

FELLOWSHIPS AND HONORS:

Jefferson Trust Foundation Grant for Digital 1828 Catalogue Project, 2017
Farmer Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, Arthur J. Morris Law Library, 2016 –
Patrick Henry Fellow, Patrick Henry National Memorial Foundation, 2015-2016
OIEAHC King George III Archive Project Fellow, 2015
Doris G. Quinn Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 2014-2015
Digital Humanities Graduate Fellow, 2014-2015
University of Virginia Scholars’ Lab
MapScholar Graduate Research Assistantship, Spring 2014
University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History and NEH
Buckner W. Clay and Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures Fellow, 2013-2014
University of Virginia Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Foreign Travel Research Fellow, Fall 2013
University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship, 2013
University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran Department of History Graduate Teaching Award, 2012-2013 (Nominated, 2010-2011)
University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History
Nominee for University-Wide Graduate Teaching Award, 2012-2013
University of Virginia Teaching Resource Center
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Fall 2012
University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2012
University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, Summer 2011
University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs Travel Award, Spring 2010
University of Virginia
Gold Award for Excellence in Special Events, Series of Events
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, December 2010

PUBLICATIONS:

“One is the Loneliest Number Among the Few and the Many: A review of Richard Alan Ryerson, John Adams’s Republic: The One, The Few, and the Many” in Reviews in American History (Forthcoming, December 2017).

With Carol Guarnieri, “MapScholar” in David Geis and Cynthia Wall, eds., The Eighteenth Centuries: Global Networks of Enlightenment (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, forthcoming 2017).

“The Admiral and the Aide-de-Camp: The Revolutionary War Correspondence of Sir Samuel Hood and Jacob de Budé,” in The Georgian Papers Programme Blog, 3 May 2017

http://georgianpapers-us.wm.edu/the-admiral-and-the-aide-de-camp/

“Patrick Henry, Emigration, and the Future of British America” in News from Red Hill (Spring, 2016).

“Review of Scott Syfert, The First American Declaration of Independence?: The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775” in H-War (https://networks.h-net.org/node/12840/reviews/126411/ambuske-syfert-first-american-declaration-independence-disputed, 2016).

“The Glorious Revolution and the American Colonies,” in Locke, Joseph and Benjamin Wright, eds., The American Yawp (http://www.americanyawp.com, 2015).

“The English Civil War and the American Colonies,” in Locke, Joseph and Benjamin Wright, eds., The American Yawp (http://www.americanyawp.com, 2015).

“The Imperial Crisis of the 1760s and 1770s,” in Locke, Joseph and Benjamin Wright, eds., The American Yawp (http://www.americanyawp.com, 2015).

“Review of Beeman, Richard R. Our Lives, Our Fortunes & Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776″ in Southern Historian: A Journal of Southern History 35 (Spring 2014): 149-150.

“Review of Chopra, Ruma, Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution” in Essays in History (2012).

“Review of Jarvis, Michael, In the Eye of All Trade: Bermuda, Bermudians, and

the Maritime Atlantic World, 1680-1783” in Essays in History (2011).

“The Fur Trade, 1500s-1800s,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

“The Great Awakening,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).“John Quincy Adams,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

“Shays’ Rebellion,” in Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen A. Brosnan, et al (New York: Facts on File, 2011).

“Stumbling into History,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

“‘To Make Our Age What It Should Be’: Contesting Liberty and Power in the Literary Societies of Miami University, 1860-1861,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

‘“Worthy of the Name of an American’: David Swing’s War Eulogy of Minor Millikin,” in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives, ed. Curtis W. Ellison, et al (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009).

COMPLETED DIGITAL PROJECTS:

James P. Ambuske, Mary Draper, and S. Max Edelson, “The Atlantic Neptune Atlas: A Digital Gallery,” A MapScholar Digital Atlas, http://www.viseyes.org/mapscholar/?109 (2015)

James P. Ambuske, Ryan Bibler, and S. Max Edelson, “Visualizing Early America: Three Maps that Reveal the New World,” A MapScholar Digital Atlas, http://www.viseyes.org/mapscholar/?728, (2015).

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS:

“Conversing with Ghosts: Changing the Archival Conversation with the Scottish Court of Session Project”
Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists. Richmond, Virginia. January 28, 2017.

“The Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive”
Digital Lightening Round: 131st Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association
Denver, Colorado. January 7, 2017.

“Building Digital History with MapScholar”
Civil War History and Digital Methodology
John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History
Charlottesville, Virginia, November 11, 2016.

“The Scottish Court of Session Digital Archive”
DH@UVA, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia, October 14, 2016.

“Georgian Papers Programme Demonstration”
Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Worcester, Massachusetts, June 24, 2016.

“The McCall Family and the Problem of Identity and Property in Revolutionary Virginia”
Annual Meeting of the American Society Eighteenth Century Studies.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. March 31, 2016.

“Patrick Henry and the Digital Future”
Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Museums
Williamsburg, Virginia. March 14, 2016.

“Mapping Scotland’s Imperial Crisis in the Age of the American Revolution”:
Digital Lightening Round: 130th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association
Atlanta, Georgia. January 8, 2016.

“Mapping Scotland’s Imperial Crisis in the Age of the American Revolution”:
Moving People, Linking Lives: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
Charlottesville, Virginia. March 21, 2015.

“The Digital Atlantic Neptune: Building a Geospatial Digital Edition of Eighteenth Century
British America’s Most Important Atlas.”
Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists. Richmond, Virginia.
January 31, 2015.

“Mapping Scottish Emigration in the Era of the American Revolution”:
Scholars’ Lab Fellow Forum, University of Virginia. September 12, 2014.

“Selling British Landscapes: Projecting America and Scotland in the 1770s”:
Annual Conference of the British Group in Early American History.
Edinburgh, Scotland. September 5, 2014.

“The Attachment of our Common People to their Native Country is Enfeebled or Destroyed”: Emigration and Imperial Crisis in Scotland, 1770-1775.”
Early American Seminar, University of Virginia. April 16, 2013.

“The Spirit of Emigration”: Scottish Emigration and the Fate of Empire in British
North America, 1763-1775. Annual Meeting of the American Society for
Eighteenth Century Studies. Cleveland, Ohio. April 5, 2013.

“MapScholar: The Digital Possibilities of Interdisciplinary Studies.”
18th Century Studies Symposium. Charlottesville, Virginia. March 1, 2013.

“The ‘Mischief of Emigration’: Scotland and the American Colonies in the
Revolutionary Atlantic World.” Early American Seminar, University of Virginia.
November 16, 2010.

“Making Cents of a Region: The West and American Coins.” The 46th Annual Meeting of the Western Historical Association.
St. Louis, Missouri. October 14, 2006.

“18th Century Ideology in the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolutionary War: A Discussion Primer for Secondary and Collegiate Level Students.” The Ohio Council for the Social Studies. Columbus, Ohio. April 8, 2006.

“Minting America: Coinage and the Contestation of National Identity in the Early Republic, 1775-1795.” The John A. Barnes Club Conference at Temple University. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 1, 2006.

“War and the ‘Classic Shades of Miami’: David Stanton Tappan, Miami University, and the American Civil War.” The Paul Lucas Conference in History. Bloomington, Indiana. March 25, 2006.

INVITED LECTURES:

“The Imperial Politics of Scottish Emigration on the eve of the American Revolution”
Lecture and Digital Presentation to Professor Michelle Brock’s Modern Scotland course at Washington and Lee University, November 10, 2015.

“Visualizing History: Mapping ‘Big Evidence’ with the Digital Humanities”
DH 101, Washington and Lee University, May 7, 2015.

“Jamestown and the Foundations of America,” “Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James
Monroe: Charlottesville’s Founding Fathers,” and “The American Civil War”
American Studies Seminar: University of Virginia International Studies Office
Lectures delivered to visiting Chinese undergraduates from various Shanghai universities.
July 2012 – Present

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT:

On-camera contributor to BBC 2 documentary, George III: The Genius of the Mad King
(Filmed October 2016, Premiered January 2017).

On-camera contributor to BBC Scotland documentary, The Hector: From Scotland to Nova Scotia
(Filmed October 2016, Premier in 2017).

Book Manuscript Reviewer for Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Co-Chair, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History Graduate Student Liaison Committee, 2012 – 2013.

Co-Director, Teaching History at the University of Virginia: A Workshop for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Instructors, August 2012.

Associate Editor – Articles, Essays and History, September 2011 – May 2013

Research and Editorial Assistant, People of the Founding Era Project and Papers of the Founding Fathers Early Access Project , May 2012 – January 2014

Manuscript Reviewer for Essays in History, Spring 2011.

Research Assistant, Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, January 2010 – March 2011

Chancellor of the Exchequer, University of Virginia Corcoran Department of History Graduate History Students’ Association, 2010 – 2011.

Local Arrangements Committee, Beyond Red Power: New Perspectives on American Indian

Politics and Culture: The McClellan Symposium on American History, Department of
History, Miami University, May 2006.

Masters Student Representative, Department of History Graduate Studies Committee,
Miami University, 2005-2006.

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

Director of Special Projects for University Advancement, Miami University, 2006 – 2009.

Responsible for conducting fund raising research, auditing Miami University Foundation and Endowment accounts for compliance with donor intentions, and overseeing a multi- city traveling historical exhibition and speaker series in celebration of the university’s bicentennial in 2009.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCIES:

Spanish (reading)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Historical Association

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture