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About Roland P Dufour

Ron teaches courses on Colonial America, The American Revolution, American Survey, Western Civ, The Bebop Era, and graduate seminars in Historiography, and Market Cultures in the Early Modern Atlantic World. His publications include Modernization in Colonial America, 1630-1760 (1987); Colonial America (1994); numerous essays on colonial and jazz figures as author and editor for American National Biography (1998), and over two dozen book reviews and other essays. His current research centers on the interrelationships in 18th and early 19th century Connecticut between republican, liberal and humanitarian discourses and the impact of this dialogue on early modern capitalist and national identities. He is also contemplating a project on audience reception of jazz and the music's impact on racial, gender and political identities since WW II.
When not engaged in these various projects, Ron enjoys mysteries and contemporary fiction, read to the constant soundtrack of jazz, classical music, blues and folk. He runs when the mood strikes and body allows, and lives for those all too-rare kayaking, bass-fishing evenings.

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Present Faculty Member, Rhode Island College
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