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Owen Stanwood

associate professor

Owen Stanwood

Telephone: (617) 552-6342

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S347


Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Northwestern University, 2005

Fields of Interest:

Colonial America; Atlantic and global history; early modern European expansion and imperialism

Academic Profile:

Professor Stanwood is a historian of colonial America, the Atlantic world, and, more generally, of European overseas endeavors during the early modern era. He has a number of interests within this vast field, including the development of the British and French empires, the diffusion of Christianity, intercultural contact and interaction, and the history of exploration. His first book, The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious Revolution, examines how fears of Catholicism galvanized and transformed Anglo-American political culture during the last decades of the seventeenth century.

His current research, tentatively titled "Dreams of Silk and Wine: Huguenot Refugees in New Worlds," examines the global diaspora of French Protestant refugees, who scattered around the world after Louis XIV revoked their right to freedom of worship in 1685. Settling in communities stretching from Maine to the Indian Ocean, the Huguenots hoped to create Edenic Protestant "colonies" in these new worlds, but instead found themselves subject to whims of their British and Dutch imperial sponsors, who used the refugees to accomplish any number of odd schemes, from making wine in South Africa to converting Indians in New England.

His teaching ranges from colonial and revolutionary America to early modern Europe, including such topics as European-Indian relations, the settlement of Boston and New England, and the development of early modern British imperialism.

Representative Publications:

  • "Between Eden and Empire: Huguenot Refugees and the Promise of New Worlds," American Historical Review, 118:5 (December 2013).
  • The Empire Reformed: English America in the Age of the Glorious Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, August 2011)
  • "Catholics, Protestants, and the Clash of Civilizations in Early America," in Chris Beneke and Christopher S. Grenda, eds., The First Prejudice: Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in Early America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)
  • “The Protestant Moment: Antipopery, the Revolution of 1688-89, and the Making of an Anglo-American Empire,” in Journal of British Studies, 46 (2007), 481-508
  • "Jesuits, Huguenots, and the Apocalypse: The Origins of America’s First French Book,” co-authored with Evan Haefeli, in Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 116 (2006), 59-120
  • “Captives and Slaves: Indian Labor, Cultural Conversion, and the Plantation Revolution in Virginia,” in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 114 (2006), 435-62
  • “Unlikely Imperialist: The Baron of Saint-Castin and the Transfor­mation of the Northeastern Borderlands,” in French Colonial History, 5 (2004), 43-61