Adam Pratt, Ph.D.



This award honors a faculty member whose special efforts ensure that students have a keen understanding and appreciation of the realities of the world, including pressing justice issues in a local, national, and global context.  The award recognizes the efforts of a faculty member dedicated to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, as it relates to his or her teaching (including therein efforts to develop courses and programs and to select texts that address contemporary faith and justice issues).  This year’s recipient is Dr. Adam Pratt.

Dr. Pratt joined the University of Scranton in 2013 and is an Associate Professor. He received his Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University in 2012.

His first book, Toward Cherokee Removal: Land, Violence, and the White Man's Chance was published in 2020 by the University of Georgia Press.  His current research interests are the various ways that a diverse group of Americans participated in and protested against the militia system.

Dr. Pratt teaches courses in 19th-century United States history, his research interests and publications include the Jacksonian-era, Native American history, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

He has presented numerous seminars and discussions on campus including: a Humanities-in-Action lecture with New York Times reporter Eric Schmitt and City of Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti which was sponsored by the University’s Slattery Center, and “Uncovering Scranton's Native Past,”  sponsored by the Diversity + Inclusion Lunch and Learn Program where he presented the history of the groups of Native people that lived in the northeastern Pennsylvania area, when, and what happened to them; the steps toward creating a Native Land Acknowledgement Statement; and, what other actions should the University make toward addressing past injustices.

He also discussed the Trail of Tears and Cherokee removal on the Alarmist, a podcast that "scrutinizes history’s greatest disasters to figure out what went wrong, and most importantly, who’s to blame," according to the show's website.  

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