Tom Chaffin is a research professor in the History Department. He received his PhD from Emory University, and since 2008 he has been a research professor and editor and director of The Correspondence of James K. Polk project, devoted to transcribing, annotating and publishing letters to and from Polk, who served from 1845-49 as the 11th U.S. president. Chaffin and assistant editor Michael Cohen produced the latest volume of the Polk letters in fall 2013.
In addition, three other books by Chaffin will appear in 2014:
A new printing of Pathfinder, his biography of John C. Fremont, with an updated introduction (University of Oklahoma Press, spring 2014)
Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary (University of Virginia Press, fall 2014)
Met His Every Goal? James K. Polk and the Legends of American Destiny (University of Tennessee Press, fall 2014).