UNH Professor Publishes
New Book, Receives State Award
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
May 27, 2994
DURHAM, N.H. – John Ernest, associate professor of English,
director of composition, and director of African American Studies
at the University of New Hampshire, has been selected to receive
the Higher Education Faculty Member Award from the New Hampshire
College and University Council next month.
The award is presented to a faculty member who exemplifies outstanding
excellence in classroom teaching, has strong rapport with students
and colleagues, and is recognized for encouraging independent thinking
and intellectual development.
Ernest, who has been at UNH since 1993, has also published a
new book, “Liberation Historiography: African American Writers
and the Challenge of History, 1794-1861,” in which he demonstrates
that early 19th century African Americans wrote a history counter
to the one recorded by white historians, an approach to history
that would present both the necessity of and the mean for the liberation
of the oppressed. According to Ernest, antebellum African American
historical representation was both a reading of source material
on black lives and an unreading of white nationalist history through
an act of moral imagination.
Ernest received the university’s Outstanding Assistant
Professor Award in 1997, the UNH Diversity Support Coalition's
Positive Change Award in 1998, and the 2003-2004 Jean Brierley
Award for Excellence in Teaching. His other publications include “Resistance
and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature,” three
editions of nineteenth-century African American writing, and various
articles on literature and teaching.