Vaughn Scribner

Assistant Professor

Irby 105E

(501) 450-5036

Spring 2020 Office Hours:

MWF 10:00-11:00, 12:00-1:00

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Scribner’s research investigates early American history in a global context, specifically striving to understand how early modern Britons sought to define (and redefine) their positions in the empire. His book, Inn Civility: Urban Taverns and the Negotiation of Early American Civil Society (under contract with NYU Press), analyzes early Americans’ mercurial attempts at realizing a “civil society” through the lens of the urban tavern.


Dr. Scribner’s publications range from an investigation of how colonists used mineral springs to transform the natural environment to an analysis of how eighteenth-century Europeans’ investigations of merpeople reveal the science of wonder, and have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Early American Studies, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Early American HistoryAtlantic Studies: Global CurrentsUrban HistoryItinerarioAgricultural History, and the edited volumes, Order and Civility in the Early Modern Chesapeake and A Cultural History of Leisure in the Enlightenment.


Dr. Scribner believes that teaching and research are inherently connected pursuits, and uses his diverse research interests to offer courses on colonial America, revolutionary America, the Atlantic slave trade, the early modern Atlantic world, and the methods course. He is also passionate about public outreach and service, and currently serves as the faculty advisor for UCA’s Phi Alpha Theta chapter. More information can be found at