Welcome! I am a historian of the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many Indigenous societies it encountered. I also have interests in visual history, anthropological history, experimental uses of biography, and issues surrounding higher education and the humanities. On this site you’ll find links to my historical writing, reflections on my historical reading, and discussions of various historical engagements (oh, and an unlikely page on swimming). 

Acknowledgement: I live on Ngambri and Ngunnawal-speaking Country, and my university is on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country. Both are unceded lands, which have nurtured one of the oldest living cultures in the world.

[HEADER PICTURE CREDIT: “PRINCE LE BOO,” (C.1785), NAT. LIB. OF AUSTRALIA. 3837 #U7224 NK1675]

Recent Posts

The Chiefs Now In This City

At the enormous conference between Indigenous and colonial leaders in Augusta, Georgia, in November 1763, a Cherokee leader from Chota staged a piece of political theater. Kittagusta, “the Prince of Chota,” stretched out before the assembled delegates “a string of beads with three knots.”…. Read the full review of “The Chiefs Now in This City”: … Continue reading The Chiefs Now In This City

Remembering Sydney Cove

This short piece was written for the retirement surprise festschrift for Simon Schaffer, the funniest and most warm-hearted historian-of-science I know. It’s on Phillip and a long-lost print of Sydney Cove found in a Bath attic…. The whole 400-page festschrift is open access here. My four-page tribute is here:

Empire and Indigeneity

In: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring 2022 Empire and Indigeneity: Histories and Legacies By Richard Price. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. What was distinct about the early nineteenth-century British settler empire and what were its legacies? These are the two lead questions in Richard Price’s new book, Empire and … Continue reading Empire and Indigeneity

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