Dr. Trisha Posey

Dr. Trisha Posey

Director, Honors Scholars Program

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Maryland

M.Phil., University of Kent, Canterbury, England

B.A., Grand Canyon University


Trisha Posey comes to John Brown University from Maryland, where she earned her Ph.D. in American History at the University of Maryland. Before that, she lived in Canterbury, England, where she finished her M.Phil. She received a B.A. in History from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Dr. Posey is interested in interactions between Unitarian reformers and members of the lower class in the nineteenth-century U.S., and the effects of such interactions on the church. Dr. Posey is currently working on a project on a 19th century farm school on Thompson's Island in Boston Harbor. She is also interested in the history of slavery in the United States, particularly as it relates to encounters between masters and slaves, as well as the enduring legacy of racism left by slavery. She is passionate about teaching American history, the history of poverty in the United States, American slavery, and African history.

Dr. Posey lives in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with her husband, Jake, her three children, Eliot, Oliver and Beatrice and a dog and a cat. She enjoys cooking and eating good food, reading books, running, and thinking and writing about social justice.