Sean Griffin

Visiting Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall 217
Office Hours: MW 11:00–12:00 & 3:00–4:00
Phone: 843.953.1420

Sean Griffin is a historian of Early America with research interests in transatlantic slavery and antislavery, radical social and political movements, capitalism, urbanism, and intellectual and political history. His first book, The Root and the Branch: Working-Class Reform and Antislavery, 1790–1860, will be published by Penn Press in 2024. 

Sean received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has taught history at several New York City area colleges and has received several prestigious awards, including postdoctoral fellowships from the Massachusetts Historical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the American Antiquarian Society. In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Sean has contributed to museum exhibitions and projects at the Center for Brooklyn History, the New-York Historical Society, and other public history institutions.

Raised in Maryland, Sean was inspired to study history by his uncle, a local historian. An avid musician and record collector, he combines his research in the nineteenth century with a love for the sounds and aesthetic of the mid-twentieth-century.