Assistant Professor

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Jason M. Payton specializes in the literatures of Early America and the Atlantic world. His research interests include maritime and oceanic studies, economic history, political philosophy, and environmental studies. His current book project examines the literary history of piracy in colonial and nineteenth-century American literature, with particular emphasis on the figure of the Caribbean buccaneer. His work has been featured in Early American Literature and in the edited collections American Literature and the New Puritan Studies (Cambridge UP, 2017) and From Insult to Injury: Violence in Spanish, Hispanic American and Latino art and Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2016).

His research has been supported by residential fellowships from The John Carter Brown Library in Providence, RI, and The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.


Ph.D., The University of Maryland, 2012.

M.A., The University of Kentucky, 2005.

B.A., Milligan College, 2000. Cum Laude.

Selected Publications:

“Alexander Oliver Exquemelin’s The Buccaneers of America and the Disenchantment of Imperial History.” Early American Literature, vol. 48, no. 2, 2013, pp. 337-365.

“Violence, Trauma, and Ecology in John Rollin Ridge’s Joaquín Murieta.” Insult to
Injury: Violence in Spanish, Hispanic American and Latino Art and Literature
, edited by Debra Andrist, Sussex Academic Press, 2016, 144-164.

“Piracy, Piety, and Providence in Cotton Mather’s The Vial Poured out upon the Sea.” American Literature and the New Puritan Studies, edited by Bryce Traister, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 142-155.


Innovation in Multicultural Curriculum Grant. Franklin College Dean’s Office, UGA. Principal Investigator, $2,500. 2018.

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