Dr. Rouleau's research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century United States history, the Atlantic world, American foreign relations, and more recent efforts to internationalize our study of the past. His first book, With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire, examines encounters between sailors from the United States and peoples overseas during the nineteenth century. Rouleau's current research, for a book tentatively titled Empire's Children: Youth Culture and the Long Nineteenth Century's Expansionist Impulse, explores connections between young people and imperialistic policy in several settler colonial societies.
- Ph.D. in History, University of Pennsylvania - (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States) 2010
- B.A. in History (with Honors), University of California, San Diego - (San Diego, California, United States) 2003
- Rouleau, B. (2016). “In Praise of Trash”: Series Fiction Fan Mail and the Challenges of Children’s Devotion. The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. 9(3), 403-423.
- Rouleau, B. (2014). How honolulu almost burned and why sailors matter to early American foreign relations. Diplomatic History. 38(3), 501-525.
- Rouleau, B. (2012). In the Wake of Jim Crow: Maritime Minstrelsy Along the Transoceanic Frontier. Common-Place. 12(4), 1-18.
- Rouleau, B. (2010). Maritime destiny as manifest destiny: American commercial expansionism and the idea of the Indian. Journal of the Early Republic. 30(3), 377-411.
- Rouleau, B. (2008). Childhood's Imperial Imagination: Edward Stratemeyer's Fiction Factory and the Valorization of American Empire. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 7(4), 479-512.