Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1981
Professor Feller joined the History Department in August 2003 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he had been since 1986. Previous to that he taught at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and served on the staff of The Papers of Andrew Jackson, a UT project which he now directs. For more information on the project, visit thepapersofandrewjackson.com.
Professor Feller’s scholarly interests encompass mid-nineteenth-century America as a whole, with special attention to Jacksonian politics and the coming of the Civil War. Besides the publications listed below, he has contributed to numerous historical reference works, including the Oxford Companion to United States History, the Reader’s Guide to American History, the Dictionary of American History, and American National Biography. His critical essays and review articles have appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic,Reviews in American History, Documentary Editing, and on H-SHEAR. Professor Feller has been active in the Association for Documentary Editing, the Southern Historical Association, British American Nineteenth-Century Historians (BrANCH), and especially the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), where he served from 1991 to 2004 as Conference Coordinator for its annual summer meeting. In 2000 he was a Commonwealth Fund Lecturer in American History at University College London. He is currently at work on a biography of Benjamin Tappan, a Jacksonian politician, scientist, social reformer, and freethinker.
Jacksonian, Antebellum, and Civil War America
- Editor, The Papers of Andrew Jackson, Volume 7: 1829 (University of Tennessee Press, 2007)
- Editor, Harriet Martineau’s Retrospect of Western Travel (2000) – a new abridged edition of this classic narrative (originally published in 1838) with editor’s introduction, notes and, index.
- The Jacksonian Promise: America, 1815-1840 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995)
- The Public Lands in Jacksonian Politics (University of Wisconsin Press, 1984)
- “Andrew Jackson versus the Senate” in Congress and the Emergence of Sectionalism: From the Missouri Compromise to the Age of Jackson (Ohio University Press, 2008)
- “The Bank War” in The American Congress (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)”Rediscovering Jacksonian America” in The State of U.S. History (Berg, 2002)
- “A Brother in Arms: Benjamin Tappan and the Antislavery Democracy,” Journal of American History (June 2001)