Patrick Rael

Affiliation: History
Professor of History

Patrick Rael is a specialist in African-American history and the author of numerous essays and books. His most recent book, Eighty-Eight Years: The Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865 (University of Georgia Press, 2015), explores the Atlantic history of slavery to understand the exceptionally long period of time it took to end chattel bondage in America.

Through a long collaboration with Bowdoin’s Information Technology Division, Rael has explored the uses of technology in teaching history from his online simulation of the fugitive slave experience to creating historical maps using GIS. His online writing guides have assisted student writers for fifteen years. He has written extensively about teaching, has contributed to the development of African-American history curricula, and led seminars and workshops on teaching American history in primary and secondary schools.

Curriculum Vitae

Patrick Rael

Education

  • BA University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland
  • MA University of California; Berkeley, California
  • PhD University of California; Berkeley, California