His research examines political and legal battles over fugitive slaves and their role in the coming of the Civil War. His dissertation, "Running Toward Abolition," examines how fugitive slaves forced change in courtrooms and electoral politics from before the Revolution into the first years of the Civil War.
Turiano has received fellowships from the Nau Center for Civil War History, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, and the Colonial Dames of America.
Southern Historian, 2020
Louisiana History, vol. 61(2), 2020
H-FedHist, H-Net Reviews, 2019 Feb
H-CivWar, H-Net Reviews, 2019
My dissertation argues that runaway slaves revealed situations where the Constitution could not regulate conflicts between the states and the federal government. Antislavery activists capitalized on these gray areas to create an antislavery legal theo...
Queens College, Hist. 103
This course, which I have taught six times as the instructor of record, is an introductory survey of American history through the Civil War. The class covers a range of themes, including politics, economics, gender, family, war, and social movements. T...
Queens College, Hist. 104
This course, which I taught in spring 2018 as the instructor of record, is an introductory survey of American history from Reconstruction through the present day. The class covers topics including politics, economics, activism, technology, race, gender...
In addition to my scholarly work, I write articles and op-eds about politics, education, history, and New York City for a variety of national and local publications