John Barrington

John Barrington

Professor, History

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Born 1959 in New York City. Educated in England - hence, a transatlantic perspective on the colonial and revolutionary period of U.S. history. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant (British version of CPA) before returning to graduate study in history. Taught at Skidmore College 1993-1996 and at Furman University from 1996 to the present. Has recently published Baptists in Early North America: Welsh Neck, South Carolina, a study of one of the earliest bi-racial congregations in the state. Served as Chair of the History Department from 2009-2015.

Honors & Awards

• Alester G. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2020
• Co-recipient of grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2005
• Selected as a Commonwealth Fellow by the Virginia Council of Higher Education, 1992


  • Ph.D.,William and Mary
  • B.A., Oxford


Earlier research focused on anti-Catholicism and national identity in colonial British America. Current project is the study of the ethics of war during the American Revolution.


  • Baptists in Early North America, Vol. V: Welsh Neck, South Carolina. Mercer University Press, 2019.
  • "Symbiotic Strength: An Eighteenth-Century View of the British-American Relationship," in America in the British Imagination, edited by Catherine Armstrong, Roger Fagge, and Tim Lockley, 86-101 (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).
  • "Suppressing the Great Awakening: Alexander Garden's Use of Anti-Popery Against George Whitefield," Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association (2003): 1-14.
  • Technical Editor for the Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Revolution by Alan Axelrod (Alpha Books, 2000).