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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 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. I am the Co-PI for Treatied Spaces, a collaborative research group that manages a range of funded projects, including an AHRC Standard Research Grant, 'Brightening the Covenant Chain'.

I have published two books (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press), a range of journal articles, and edited two collections of essays that deal with topics in early modern political thought. My most recent project, which was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, is Settlers in Indian Country: Sovereignty and Indigenous Power in Early America (Cambridge, 2020). It foregrounds Native conceptions of sovereignty and power in order to refine the place of settler colonialism in American colonial and early republican history. During 2021, in conjunction with an AHRC Standard Research Grant in Crown / Haudenosaunee relations, I will complete three writing projects: 1) a book, "Treaty Gound: Diplomacy and the Politics of Sovereignty in the Northeast Borderlands"; 2) a book chapter on finding the international in early America; 3) and a journal article on settlerism and sovereignty before the American Revolution. Beyond that, I am thinking about a project on the politics of movement, which focusses on rivers, paths, and circuits of power in early America.
Research Interests American and British History, 1607-1800
European / Native American Diplomacy
Settler Colonialism
International Law
American Revolution
Teaching and Learning 2020-21

Revolutions: Continuity and Change
Thinking About the Past
Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution
Power, Authority and Freedom (MA Option)
Scopus Author ID 55808634600