Jason Sellers

Jason Sellers
Associate Professor of History
Office: Monroe 218
Phone: 540.654.1471
Email: jseller4@umw.edu

Jason R. Sellers holds graduate degrees from the University of California, Irvine, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a cultural and environmental historian of 17th-and 18th-century North America interested in landscapes and bodies, and is currently working on a project that explores the interactions of Munsee Indians and European colonists in the 17th-century Hudson Valley. He offers courses on colonial North America, Native American history, and environmental history


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2010. History.
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine, 2007. History.
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2003. History and English.


Hist 131: American History to 1865
Hist 132: American History since 1865
History 297: History Colloquium
History 298: History Practicum
History 307: Native American History
History 322: U.S. Environmental
History 323: Colonial America
History 471E7: American Wilderness
History 471F6: Atlantic Piracy


“The Trial of ‘an Indyan called Nangenutch or Will’: Indian identity and identification in a 1668 Long Island rape trial,” Native American and Indigenous Studies 6, no.1 (June 2019): 1-31

“Mindful of their bellies and gullets: Anatomical imagery and discourse in England’s colonization of North America,” Journal of Early American History 9, no.1 (April 2019): 3-33.

“‘Lands fit for use’: Native subsistence patterns and Euroamerican agricultural landscaping in colonial New York,” New York History 97, no. 3/4 (Summer/Fall 2016), 293-318.

“History, Memory, and the Indian Struggle for Autonomy in the 17th-century Hudson Valley,” Early American Studies 13, no. 3 (Summer 2015): 714-42.

“Powhatan Confederacy” and “French and Indian War,” Ed. Carlos E. Cortes, Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (SAGE Reference, 2013)

Life Along the Rappahannock: An Oral History Project, with Friends of the Rappahannock, is at https://riverfriends.org/oral-history/

For further information, see www.jasonsellers.org