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I have taught full time at New Paltz since the Fall term of 1994 I am interested primarily in the creation and development of early American societies and the expansion of early modern European trading and colonization interests, as well as the history of the Americas and the British Isles between circa 1450 and 1815 in general. Thus, I customarily teach United States History to 1865 (HIS221) and I will do so again in the Fall term of 2015 and the Spring of 2016. This Fall I will also offer History of England 2 (from 1485-1715, HIS357) and the graduate version of Colonial America (HIS522). For further information on my courses, please contact me via e-mail.
of my upper-division courses incorporate, with appropriate degrees of
emphasis, material that deals with interaction between peoples, as well
as political and social history and the consequences of those
as slavery as it existed in the Atlantic World between
1492 (Columbus’ arrival in the
and 1888 (emancipation of slaves in Brasil). I
received my Ph.D. (History) from the University of Rochester
(NY) in 1992 and am qualified to teach the
entirety of United States History, American Indian history, plantation
societies in the
My research, which naturally dovetails with my teaching, investigates the formation of the English Empire (British after the Union of England and Scotland in 1707)
I have published two books and co-edited two others. The most recent of these, The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley (Albany: SUNY Press, 2014), co-edited with Dr Jaap Jacobs of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a leading authority on the Dutch colony of New Netherland, came out in June of last year. In addition to my essay on 'The Seventeenth-Century English Empire', this volume includes two contributions by Dr Jacobs--one on the Dutch Republic and another on the colony the Dutch founded in this area--as well as essays on American Indian societies by Paul Otto and Jon Parmenter and work from other prominent scholars.
My interest in early South Carolina led me to a closer study of the history of slavery in the Atlantic World. While conducting research at the Bodleain Library (University of Oxford) during my sabbatical in the Spring of 2004, I found the text of one of the province's early statutes on slavery that had been missing for some three centuries. My transcription of this document, accompanied by my analysis of its significance, 'The 1701 "Act for the Better Ordering of Slaves": Reconsidering the History of Slavery in Proprietary South Carolina', appeared in the April 2007 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. http://www.wm.edu/oieahc/wmq/index.htm .
While finishing my book on South Carolina, I started a second book project that investigates the history of the English Empire between the resumption of English exploration of the North American coast in 1602 and the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1658. I moved backward chronologically about a half-century from my Carolina work to begin an examination into the organization, motives, and activities of the Virginia Companies of London and Plymouth (both chartered by King James I in 1606) and the world in which these concerns and their contemporary entities were conceived and developed: The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown (London: Pickerning & Chatto, 2009), http://www.pickeringchatto.com.
My newest project, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press (to appear in 2017) considers the history of the English Empire between the introduction of plantation agriculture to Virginia and Bermuda and the founding of the East India Company's factory at Surat (circa 1613) and the 'Glorious Revolution' (1688). This larger investigation generated an article on the English takeover of New Netherland and the renaming of that Dutch colony as New York (1664-1674), drawn from research I undertook at The National Archives, Kew, and at the British Library that appeared in the December issue (vol. 87, no. 4) of The New England Quarterly, http://www.northeastern.edu/neq/.
I am also editing a volume of essays on the seventeenth-century Caribbean that is under contract with the University of South Carolina Press. Twelve contributors (including myself) will provide essays on areas ranging from St-Domingue (modern Haiti) to Suriname to Jamaica to St Croix as the basis for a comparative examination of European activity and cultural interaction in the 'Torrid Zone'.
as academic liaison for the Study Abroad program
for New Paltz (and
other SUNY) students to
study in Scotland at
the University of Dundee. Our students who have studied
experiences invariably. The campus is adjacent to the
city center and its neighborhood
reflects its predominantly student population. The
staff are highly professional and very keen to make
students feel welcome. Dundee, Scotland's
fourth largest city with a
population of some 100,000 people, is about
ninety minutes by train
Scotland's largest city, and is located close
to the foothills of the
Highlands and midway (about 75 minutes) between Edinburgh, the
and cultural center, and Aberdeen, Scotland's third
largest city with its own attractions.
It has regular transport
connections to London,
Ireland,and to the the
continent. For further information,
please e-mail me
and/or visit the