Associate Professor and project Director Michael Woods specializes in the political and cultural history of the nineteenth-century United States, with particular interest in partisanship and the politics of sectionalism and slavery from the 1830s through Reconstruction. He is the author of three books, including Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States (Cambridge, 2014), which won the James A. Rawley Award from the Southern Historical Association; Bleeding Kansas: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Civil War on the Missouri-Kansas Border (Routledge, 2016); and, most recently, Arguing until Doomsday: Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, and the Struggle for American Democracy (North Carolina, 2020). His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently at work on a book about the notorious northern proslavery propagandist John H. Van Evrie.
Editor Emeritus Dan Feller’s scholarly interests encompass mid-nineteenth-century America as a whole, with special attention to Jacksonian politics and the coming of the Civil War. He came to the University of Tennessee in 2003 and has since edited the first five presidential volumes of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. Professor Feller is the author of two books on Jacksonian America and of numerous book chapters, journal articles, review essays, and reference work contributions. He has been active in professional organizations including especially the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), which he served for fourteen years as coordinator of its annual summer meeting. Professor Feller speaks frequently on historical subjects to public audiences and secondary school teachers throughout the country, and he has appeared as an expert commentator on television programs including PBS’s History Detectives. His current projects include a biography of Benjamin Tappan, a Jacksonian politician, scientist, social reformer, and freethinker.
Associate editor Tom Coens joined the Papers of Andrew Jackson in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale in 1996, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2004. Dr. Coens wrote a dissertation at Harvard entitled “The Formation of the Jackson Party, 1822-1825.” He is currently working on a short history of Jackson and Indian Removal for Johns Hopkins Press as well as an edition of the notebooks of Jackson’s nineteenth-century biographer James Parton. Before graduate school, Dr. Coens worked at the University of Michigan as Coordinator of Technical Operations for JSTOR, the web-archive of scholarly journals.
Associate editor Laura-Eve Moss joined the Papers of Andrew Jackson in 2004. She holds graduate degrees in History and Public History, and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the political and constitutional history of nineteenth-century America, with a special interest in evolving notions of citizenship and democratic participation. She was formerly the managing editor of The Encyclopedia of New York State (2005).
Assistant editor Aaron Crawford joined the Papers of Andrew Jackson in 2018. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2012, writing a dissertation entitled “John Randolph of Roanoke and the Politics of Doom: Slavery, Sectionalism, and Self-Deception, 1773-1821.” Before joining the Jackson Papers, Dr. Crawford worked for the Correspondence of James K. Polk Project at the University of Tennessee and the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant at Mississippi State University. From 2013 to 2018 he was a fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University.
Assistant editor John Suval began working at the Papers of Andrew Jackson in 2019. Dr. Suval is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, specializing in Jacksonian political culture, public lands, the American West, and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His current book project—Dangerous Ground: Squatters, Statesmen, and the Antebellum Rupture of American Democracy (under contract with Oxford University Press)—explores how white squatters on western lands came to occupy a central and destabilizing position in U.S. political culture in the decades culminating in the Civil War. He earned his Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. His research has received support from the Bancroft Library, University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center, Kansas State Historical Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, Oregon Historical Society, and other institutions.