Troy Bickham (D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2001) specializes in the history of Britain and its empire, particularly the Atlantic world, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His first book, Savages within the Empire (2005) explores how encounters and relations with American Indians affected British material, political, intellectual and religious culture in the eighteenth century. His recent book, Making Headlines: The American Revolution as Seen Through the British Press (2008), explores British reactions to the American Revolution, as seen and expressed in the British press. His articles on Britain and its empire have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, Eighteenth Century Studies, and Past & Present. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (Great Britain) and holds a Ray A. Rothrock Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts.
David R.C. Hudson (Ph.D., Texas A&M University 1998) studies and teaches British and Irish history – in particular the evolution of historical narratives, and the ways in which these both inform and reflect past and present. Fascinated by Ireland’s position as England’s first overseas colony and (later) an integral part of the United Kingdom, he is the author of The Ireland That We Made: Arthur and Gerald Balfour’s Contribution to the Origins of Modern Ireland. Among his current projects are a comparative study of political change in Ireland and Poland over the last 250 years, and an investigation into the political thought of John Redmond, the last Irish Nationalist leader to sit in the British House of Commons.
James Rosenheim (Ph. D. Princeton University, 1981) teaches courses on early modern British history and on sex and sexuality in history. His research focuses on the social and cultural history of Restoration and early eighteenth-century England. He has published two books on aristocratic society and culture in that era and has also published articles on the operation of local government and authority and an edition of a late seventeenth-century magistrate’s notebook. His current research project, “Singular Subjects: Unmarried Men in England 1650-1750,” focuses on the phenomena and meanings of bachelorhood and widowerhood, emphasizing the light that the history of the unmarried man sheds on the history of courtship and marriage, gender and sexuality, kinship and the family. This study employs sources that include family correspondence and diaries, sermons and conduct books, financial accounts and legislation, and poetry, drama, and novels.
Faculty members in other specialties whose work involves British and Empire studies include:
Cynthia Bouton (Ph.D., State Univ. of New York, Binghamton, 1985) is a social and cultural historian focusing on early modern and Revolutionary Europe and the Atlantic. She studies the ways that inequities in access to basic subsistence needs—often linked to status/class, gender, race/ethnicity, patronage/political relations, and location—have influenced responses to suffering (both the threat of it and strategies to alleviate it). Her first book studied responses to a subsistence crisis in 1775 France, several articles explored the history of the politics of provisioning in France from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and her second book analyzed 19th- and 20th-century cultural and political engagements with an episode of social violence over food security. Her next book, “Subsistence, Society, and Culture in the Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century and Age of Revolution,” studies staple food production, marketplace interaction, entangled Atlantic trade networks, and government policies to understand adaptations to the “Atlanticization” of food regimes in the French, Spanish, and British Atlantic during the 18th century and revolutionary era.
April Hatfield (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1997) began teaching at Texas A&M the following year. Her work examines how borders and migration shaped individuals and institutions in the early modern Atlantic world. Her publications include several book chapters and articles and the monograph Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century (2004). Her current project “Creole Allegiances” follows a variety of individuals as they negotiated the borders of English and Spanish imperial spaces in the western Caribbean and southeastern North America in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
Jason C. Parker (Ph.D., University of Florida, 2002) studies both the formal and informal “diplomacy” embedded in the interactions of empires, nations, and peoples, especially at the crossroads of decolonization and the Cold War during the long “American Century.” His first book looked at the actions of the US government and of African Americans in the West Indies’ push for independence from the British Empire. His research moves across a number of subjects, areas, and themes: empire, race/ethnicity, nationalism, and particular regions of the world and especially of the British Empire. He serves as a seminar leader in the annual “International Seminar on Decolonization” at the Library of Congress each summer, which facilitates his continuing work in these areas.
Brian Rouleau (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010) studies American mariners within the wider world, as well as their encounters with representatives of the British seaborne empire. Though those encounters often took place along the globe’s oceanic margins, they have much to tell us about the dynamic relationship between periphery and metropole within expanding empires. His HIST 105 and HIST 462 courses place heavy stress on the role of the British Empire in shaping American cultural and political development.