Staff Directory


James O'Neil Spady, PhD

Associate Professor of American History

Phone: 949-480-4054

Fax: 949-480-4126


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D., The College of William and Mary
  • M.A., The College of William and Mary
  • B.A., The University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Positions Held

  • At SUA since 2006
  • 2004 - 2006, Instructor, The University of Mary Washington

Research Interests

  • Colonialism and Early America
  • Theory and Historiography
  • Pedagogy and the Cultural Construction of Knowledge

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

Courses Taught at SUA

  • America in the Era of  Slavery
  • Cultures of Learning
  • American Experience
  • American West
  • Culture and Imperialism
  • Indigenous Americas

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Professor of the Year (one of three) 2008, 2011, and 2015.
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences - The College of William and Mary, 2006.
  • Ph.D. qualifying exam (passed "with distinction").
  • Summa cum laude (in history) - University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1993.
  • American Studies Association Early American Matters Caucus steering committee member (2011-).
  • American Studies Association Committee on Regional Chapters member, 2008-2011 (chair 2010-2011).