John Cavanagh, PhD

Professor Emeritus, History

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  • PhD, Duke University
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • The American South
  • U.S. 18th century
  • Military history

Employment History

  • 1970-Present
    Suffolk University
  • 1965-1969
    University of Tennessee
  • 1963-1965
    Duke University


  • "The Papers of Major General Benjamin Lincoln," Massachusetts Historical Society Miscellany,Vol. I, No. 8 (November, 1963), 1-5.
  • "American Military Leadership in the Southern Campaign: Bemjamin Lincoln," in W. Robert Higgins (ed.), The Revolutionary War in the South: Power, Conflict, and Leadership (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1979), pp. 101-131.
  • "The Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia," and "The Battle of Waxhaws, South Carolina," in David C. Roller et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Southern History (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1979).
  • Book Review of Volumes II, III of Richard K. Showman et al (eds.) The Papers of Nathanael Greene, in The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. ILII, No. 1 (January, 1985), 149-151.
  • Decision at Fayetteville; The North Carolina Ratification Convention and General Assembly of 1789 (Raleigh: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1989).
  • Book Review of James A. Huston, Logistics of Liberty; American Services of Supply in the Revolutionary War and After, in the American Historical Review (June, 1992), 933.
  • Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), in Richard L. Blanco (ed.), The American Revolution: An Encyclopedia, 2 vols. (Hamden, Conn.: Garland Publishing, 1993).
  • "[Hillsborough Ratification] Convention of 1788, and "[Fayetteville Ratification] Convention of 1789," in William S. Powell ed.), Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Chapel Hill: U.N.C. Press, 2006), pp. 287-288.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Department of History, Suffolk University, 1973-1987
  • President, Suffolk Chapter of AAUP, 1972-73
  • Member, Southern Historical Association
  • Member, American Historical Association

Other Activities

  • Member, The Heritage Committee of Suffolk Unversity since its 1979 founding
  • Professor, Academic Department, Center for International Studies, Madrid, Spain, Fall Semester, 1992
  • College Fundraising Coordinator, Suffolk University Fiinancial Campaigns for 1980-81, 1984-85
  • Member, Mayor Raymond L. Flynn's Boston Committee for the Bicentennial of the Federal Constitution, 1989
  • Chair, Combined Social Committees of Suffolk University, 1978-1991
  • Dartmouth Alumni Admissions Committee, Greater Boston, 1974-77
  • Duke Alumni Admissions Committee, Greater Boston 1977-1986
  • Faculty Advisor, Theta Lambda Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, 1971-2007
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Courses Taught

  • HST 101 Western Civilization I
  • HST 102 Western Civililzation II
  • HST 181 American History I
  • HST 182 American History II
  • HST 277 Early Mesoamerican Life and Culture
  • HST 278 Mexico Since the Spanish Conquest
  • HST 279 The Spanish Civil War
  • HST 360 Native America: From Pre-history to the Trail of Tears
  • HST 361 Native America: 1832 to the Present
  • HST 381 American Colonial History
  • HST 382 Era of the American Revolution
  • HST 391 The Young Nation: U.S. History, 1789-1850
  • HST 392 The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HST 393 America: The Old and New South
  • The Gilded Age, 1870-1900
  • American Foreign Relations to 1898
  • American Foreign Relations Since 1898
  • U.S. Twentieth Century History