Sandra "Sandy" Moats

  • Professor Emeritus - History Emeritus
  • History Department
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Sandra Moats


  • Historian of the early American republic
  • Diplomacy and culture
  • Emphasis on presidential politics
I have been at UW-Parkside since 2004, achieving the rank of associate professor in 2010. I received my Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 2001, and my master's and bachelor's degrees from Smith College.

Teaching Interests

In addition to regularly teaching the first half of the American history survey (pre-contact through the Civil War), I offer upper level courses on the colonial/Atlantic world; the early American republic; Civil War and Reconstruction; and Native American history.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the intersections of politics, culture, and diplomacy in the early American republic. I am the author of book entitled "Celebrating the Republic: Presidential Ceremony and Popular Sovereignty from Washington to Monroe, 1789-1825." I am currently working on a book length project dealing with the origins of American neutrality as a post-revolutionary concept.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2021: Navigating Neutrality: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic, University of Virginia Press (400 pages pp.)

2021: "James Monroe's Second Inaugural Address", (5 pp.)

: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, H-AmStudy

: "George Washington and His French Generals: Revolutions, Constitutions, and Neutrality", Journal of the Early Republic

: Encyclopedia of U.S. History to 1877, volume I, Schlager Group Press

2012: The Political Philosophy of George Washington, Presidential Studies Quarterly (915-917 pp.)

2012: President James Monroe and Foreign Affairs, 1817-1825: An Enduring Legacy, Blackwell Companions to American History (30 pp.)

2012: Culture and Liberty in the Age of the American Revolution by Michal Jan Rozbicki, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (3 pp.)

Research/Creative Awards

2014: Inaugural Research Fellow, George Washington's Mount Vernon
2013: One semester sabbatical, UW-Parkside

Departmental Service

2012: Committee Chair - History Department
HIST 101 - U.S.: Origins-Reconstruction
HIST 250 - Sources and Methods in History
HIST 324 - History of American Politics
HIST 499 - Independent Study:
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