Benjamin A. Concannon Smith



Benjamin A. Concannon Smith    

I am a graduate of The University of Georgia, where I received my Master’s Degree in American History. My research examines the epidemiological consequences of the slave trade in southern port cities in post Revolutionary America.


Growing up in a family of engineers and educators, I was brought up to think like both. I realized shortly after enrolling in the college of engineering at Northeastern University that I would not enjoy that career path. I immediately redirected my attention to my other passions––history and education––whereupon I enrolled in the History/Secondary Education program at Fitchburg State University. During my undergrad years at FSU I worked as a research assistant alongside Dr. Christine Dee and began entertaining the idea of pursuing history as a profession. Shortly after graduating, I applied to graduate school and attended the The University of Georgia where I taught history to undergraduates under the guidance of four accomplished historians. Under their direction, my thesis examined the epidemiological consequences of the slave trade to North America.

Currently, I teach history, criminal justice and coach Mock Trial at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Massachusetts. I also co-host the New Books in American Studies podcast (part of the New Books Network). You can find links to those podcast interviews on my “Professional Activity” page.