Patrick H. Breen

Associate Professor

Contact Information:


Ruane Center for the Humanities 132


Ph.D. - University of Georgia

Brief Biography

I was born and grew up near Washington DC. I made my way south for school, but I headed north in 2002 to come work at Providence College. I live in Providence with my wife and five children.

Area(s) of Expertise:

I hope that my new work on Nat Turner will be considered the authoritative account of America's most famous revolt. I have penned a recent essay on Turner's religion for The Smithsonian Magazine's web site. I have written on The Birth of a Nation (2016) for Deadline. I have been interviewed by Rhode Island's National Public Radio. Slate and The L.A. Times have turned to me as the authority on the revolt. I have also been interviewed on blogs including "The Way of Improvement Leads Home" and "The Page 99 Test."

Selected Publications:

Breen, P. (2015) The Land Shall Be Deluged in Blood: A New History of the Nat Turner Revolt. New York: Oxford University Press

Selected Presentations:

Breen, P. Virginia Forum. , Lexington, VA - "A Historical Reappraisal of William Styron's Confessions of Nat Turner" March, 2011

Breen, P. The Economic & Business History Society. , Providence, RI - "Chair: Session 1, Panel B (Presiding and Commenting on Papers Connected to the Economics of Slavery)" April, 2007

Breen, P. Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual meeting. , Albuquerque, NM - "The Confession of Nat Turner" February, 2007

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