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Dr Matthias Wong

Dr Matthias Wong

PDRA (Digital)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


  • MSc (Nanyang Technological University)
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)


The central remit of my postdoctoral research is to recover Indigenous peoples’ presence in early America, via close analysis, georeferencing, and data collection from a series of maps from the British Library. As part of the major AHRC-funded project ‘Brightening the Covenant Chain’, I look for evidence of Indigenous placenames and Indigenous cartographic knowledge in colonial maps of the American Northeast. Working in collaboration with research software engineers at King’s Digital Lab, I record map information as computationally tractable data, which forms the basis of an interactive digital output for educators and the public.

I am also a historian of early modern mental worlds, with interests in understanding senses of time and place, and the repercussions of trauma and disruption. My doctoral research at the University of Cambridge examined the execution of King Charles I as a moment of ideational change and adaptation. Taking a diachronic approach to periodicals like almanacs and newsbooks, I traced how ideas of time and the future evolved in response to unexpected political change.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

A pause in time: history writers and the regicide of Charles I

Wong, M. (2021). A pause in time: history writers and the regicide of Charles I. Historical research : the bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 94(266), 758-781.

Research interests

Indigenous Environmental History, Culture & Literature; Digital Humanities; Indigenous Data Curation; Early Modern Britain; Memory Studies

Journal editorial role

Associate Editor of Elements in Indigenous Environmental Research


Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy