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Dr Charles Prior


Charles Prior

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Biography I grew up on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee lands near Kingston, Ontario Canada, and was educated and taught at Queen's University (Canada), the University of Toronto, and the University of Cambridge, where I held a postdoctoral fellowship from 2004 to 2006. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2008, I am a life member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and held visiting appointments in Canada, the United States and in the UK. My work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust. With my colleague Joy Porter, I am a Co-Principal Investigator of the University-funded research cluster Treatied Spaces: Environment & Peoples in America, 1607-1890., which has secured over £2 million in competitive funding.

I have written two books and edited two collections of essays that deal with topics in early modern political thought. My most recent book project, which was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, is 'Settlers in Indian Country'. It foregrounds Native conceptions of sovereignty and power in order to refine the place of settler colonialism in American colonial and early republican history, and will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press. I am also completing a major new book project that re-examines colonialism and sovereignty in early America.
Research Interests American and British History, 1607-1800
European / Native American Diplomacy
Settler Colonialism
International Law
American Revolution
Teaching and Learning 2019-20

The Shot Heard Around the World: 1776 in its Global Contexts
Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution
Enlightenment, Reform, and Revolution