Jeff Zvengrowski is originally from Canada, where he obtained a BA with honors in history at the University of Calgary in 2007. Graduating from Toronto’s York University with a history MA in 2008, Jeff came to take an interest in the persistence of French—particularly Bonapartist—influence in the antebellum South/Confederacy at the University of Virginia, from which he graduated with an American history PhD in 2015. His dissertation, entitled “They Stood Like the Old Guard of Napoleon: Jefferson Davis and the Pro-Bonaparte Democrats, 1815-1871,” is on track to be published by Louisiana State University Press in revised form.
Jeff worked on the Founders Online project for Documents Compass from 2013-2015 as a proofreader and transcriber before joining the Papers of George Washington as an assistant editor. In that capacity he is currently editing volume 28 of the Revolutionary War series.
Intrigued by historical connections between America and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Jeff says that if he could travel back in time he would certainly like to meet Lafayette, Rochambeau, Baron de Kalb, Claudius Crozet, and others.