Evan Turiano is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and the 2021-2022 E.P. Thompson Dissertation Fellow at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Starting in August, he'll be the Macaulay Honors College Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY.

He researches nineteenth-century United States History, with a focus on slavery, politics and law. His dissertation, “ 'Secession's Moving Foundation': The Fugitive Slave Rendition and the Politics of American Slavery” tells the story of battles over the legal rights of African Americans accused of being fugitive slaves from before the American Revolution through the onset of the Civil War. His research offers a new origin story for the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and demonstrates new connections between freedom seekers and the coming of the Civil War.
 Evan has designed and taught a range of U.S. History courses at Queens College, CUNY since 2017. His teaching is guided by the principle that history is a series of ongoing debates which students should be introduced to and in which they should be invited to participate.


"Prophecies of Loss": Debating Slave Flight During Virginia's Secession Crisis

Evan Turiano

Journal of the Civil War Era, vol. 12(3), 2022

Underground Railroad

Evan Turiano

Race and Ethnicity from Pre-contact to Present, ABC-Clio, 2019

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"Secession's Moving Foundation": Fugitive Slave Rendition and the Politics of American Slavery

Over the last two decades, historians have reexamined the Underground Railroad and its relationship to the national debate over slavery. Scholars have demonstrated that enslaved people seized freedom by the thousands each year, found community in citie...


Fugitive Slaves: Fighting for Freedom in the Courts

Queens College, Hist. 288 (Law, Crime & Society in U.S. History)

I will teach this course as instructor of record in spring 2021 to 30 students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the course will be taught fully online.This course is a section of “Law, Crime, and Society in United States History,” a 200-level course that ...

The New Nation, 1800-1850

Queens College, Hist. 260

I taught this course as the instructor of record in fall 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the course was offered fully online to 30 students.Students read three books over the course of the semester: Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave, Claudio Sa...

Writing In the Disciplines (WID) Faculty Seminar

LaGuardia Community College

I co-taught this seminar twice during the 2020-2021 academic year to faculty members in a range of disciplines, from education to fine arts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar took place fully online. The seminar is designed for faculty members ...

American History, 1607-1865

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...

American History, 1865-present

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...


Public Writing

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


Evan Turiano

Doctoral Candidate, History

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PhD Program in History

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

PhD Program in History
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