Dr Charles Prior

Dr Charles Prior

Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of History

Qualifications

  • MA
  • PhD (Queens University Canada)

Summary

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 lead the Treatied Spaces, a research group 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 by Cambridge University Press in October 2020. I am also completing a new book project, The Ideological Origins of American Colonialism, that re-examines colonialism and sovereignty in early America.

Undergraduate

2020-21

Revolutions: Continuity and Change

Thinking About the Past

Imperial Colonies: Reinterpreting the American Revolution

Power, Authority and Freedom (MA Option)

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution

Prior, C. W. A. (2018). Settlers among empires: conquest and the American Revolution. In E. Vallance (Ed.), Remembering Early Modern Revolutions: England, North America, France and Haiti, 79-93. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Early Stuart Controversy

Prior, C. W. A. (2017). Early Stuart Controversy. In A. Hiscock, & H. Wilcox (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Religion, 69-83. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199672806.013.6

England’s Wars of Religion: A Reassessment

Prior, C. (2015). England’s Wars of Religion: A Reassessment. In W. Palaver, H. Rudolph, & D. Regensburger (Eds.), The European wars of religion: An interdisciplinary reassessment of sources, interpretations and myths, 119-138. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal Article

Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America

Prior, C. (2019). Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America. Journal of early American history, 9(2-3), 93-117. https://doi.org/10.1163/18770703-00902013

Rethinking church and state during the English Interregnum

Prior, C. W. A. (2014). Rethinking church and state during the English Interregnum. Historical research : the bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 87(237), 444-465. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12042

Research interests

American and British History, 1607-1800

European / Native American Diplomacy

Settler Colonialism

International Law

American Revolution

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Conquest and the ‘Right to Hold’: Territorial Sovereignty and the American Revolution

Funder

The Leverhulme Trust

Grant

£35,941.00

Started

1 October 2017

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Angelina Osborne, ‘Powers and Persuasion: The London West India Committee, 1783-1833’. Funded by University of Hull 80th Anniversary Scholarship. Completed 2014.

James Walters, ‘Covenanters After the Covenant in Restoration England, 1660-1690’. Funded by NECAH Studentship. Completed 2018.

Heather Hatton, ‘Communicating Allegiance: Euro-American and Indian Diplomacy in the Northeastern Woodlands, 1701-1774’. Funded by Treatied Spaces Cluster. Year 3.

External examiner role

External Examiner, MSt (History) - Faculty of History, Oxford

2018

Journal peer reviewer

Peer Review (publishing)

2010

Article manuscript reviews for: The William and Mary Quarterly; The Journal of Modern History; The American Political Science Review; Journal of British Studies; History of Political Thought; The Historical Journal; The Historian; The Canadian Journal of History

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Fellow, Royal Historical Society

2008

Research assessment service

Peer Review College, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

2018