John Bardes

John Bardes

Assistant Professor
216A Himes Hall

 Courses Taught

US History to 1865; Antebellum South; Slavery in Baton Rouge; Crime and Punishment in U.S. History


Current Research Interests

Slavery and emancipation; policing and incarceration in the U.S. South



PhD, Tulane University, 2020

MA, Tulane University, 2016

BA, Carleton College, 2008

Awards and Honors

C. Vann Woodward Prize, Southern Historical Association, 2021

Mellon/ACLS Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2019-2020

Hugh F. Rankin Prize, Louisiana Historical Association, 2019

William F. Holmes Award, Southern Historical Association, 2018

Global South Research Grant, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, 2017

Notable Articles

“‘No God in Heaven’: Religion, Resistance, and the Police Power in Jim Crow New Orleans,” co-authored with K. Stephen Prince, Journal of African American History 108 (Spring 2023)

“The Notorious Bras Coupé: A Slave Rebellion Replayed in Memory, History, and Anxiety,” American Quarterly 72 (March 2020).

“Redefining Vagrancy: Policing Freedom and Disorder in Reconstruction New Orleans, 1862-1868,” Journal of Southern History 84 (February 2018).

“‘Defend with True Hearts unto Death’: Finding Historical Meaning in Confederate Memorial Hall,” Southern Cultures 23 (Winter 2017).


The Carceral City: Slavery and the Making of Mass Incarceration in New Orleans, 1803–1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2024)