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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. With my colleague Joy Porter, I lead Treatied Spaces, a research group which has secured over £2 million in competitive funding.

I have published two books 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. 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 by Cambridge University Press in November 2020. I am also completing a new book project, The Ideological Origins of American Colonialism, 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 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