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Dr Nicholas Guyatt

Dr Nicholas Guyatt

University Lecturer in American History

Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane

Cambridge CB2 1TJ
Office Phone: 01223 (7)64449

Biography:

I did my BA and M.Phil. at Cambridge, and completed my Ph.D. at Princeton under the supervision of Daniel T. Rodgers. Having taught at Princeton, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of York, I joined the History Faculty at Cambridge in 2014. I have been a faculty fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2009-10), a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2013-14), and the Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute in the University of Oxford (2013-14). I've written about American history for the Nation magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books.  

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:

Departments and Institutes

Trinity Hall:

Research Interests

I work on the history of colonial America, the Atlantic World and the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

My first book examined the emergence of American religious nationalism from the founding of Virginia to the collapse of Reconstruction. I'm currently finishing a book on the unsettling relationship between ideas of racial equality and programmes for racial separation in the early American republic. I've published a number of articles on racial removal projects from the American Revolution to the Civil War. My next project is a history of American ideas about imperialism from the mid-eighteenth century through the early twentieth, with a focus on how Americans viewed other people's empires.

I have side interests in the history of contemporary American evangelicalism, and especially in the increasingly popular view among evangelicals that the End Times are fast approaching; and in the history of contemporary international relations.  

Research Supervision

I'd be delighted to hear from prospective M.Phil. and Ph.D. students with interests in eighteenth and nineteenth century American/Atlantic history, including those with interests in the history of the wider Americas (including the Caribbean) during this period. Students who work on the history of Native Americans, African Americans, slavery/abolition and empire are especially welcome to contact me, though I'm happy to consider supervising across a very broad range of topics. 

Teaching

In Part I, I'm currently lecturing and supervising for Paper 22 (North American History from 1607 to 1865). In Part II, I'm available to supervise dissertations on American history before 1900.

Other Professional Activities

I'm on the editorial board of Zed Books, and was the editor of Zed's 'Global History of the Present' series. Along with my former colleague Luke Clossey, I've been a strong advocate of the expansion of wider world history (i.e., non-European, non-U.S. history) in North American and UK history departments. (For our work on this issue, click here.) I'm also keen to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates to pursue language study alongside their work for the History tripos, and would be happy to offer advice or assistance in this area.  

Key Publications

Books

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation (New York: Basic Books, 2016)

Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

War, Empire and Slavery, 1770-1830 (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2010), edited with Richard Bessel and Jane Rendall 

 

Articles & chapters

'Rethinking Colonization', in Beverly Tomek and Matthew Hetrick, eds., Reconsiderations and Redirections in the Study of African Colonization (University Press of Florida, forthcoming)

'"The Future Empire of Our Freedmen": Republican Colonization Schemes in Texas and Mexico, 1861-1865', in Adam Arenson and Andrew Graybill, eds., Civil War Wests (University of California Press, 2015), 95-117

'"An Impossible Idea?" The Curious Career of Internal Colonization', Journal of the Civil War Era 4 (June 2014): 234-63

'America's Conservatory: Race, Reconstruction and the Santo Domingo Controversy', Journal of American History 95 (March 2009): 974-1000

'Benjamin Franklin and the Problem of Racial Diversity', in David Waldstreicher, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Benjamin Franklin (Blackwell, 2011), 183-210

'"The Outskirts of our Happiness": Race and the Lure of Colonization in the Early Republic," Journal of American History 95 (March 2009): 986-1011

Other Publications

'It's a Small World After All: The Wider World in Historians' Peripheral Vision,' American Historical Association Perspectives Magazine, May 2013

'The End of the Cold War', in Richard H. Immerman and Petra Goedde, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War (OUP, 2013), 605-22 

Have a Nice Doomsday: Why Millions of Americans are Looking Forward to the End of the World (Random House/Harper Collins, 2007)

Another American Century: The United States and the World after 9/11 (Zed Books, 2003)

'"An Instrument of National Policy?" Perry Miller and the Cold War', Journal of American Studies 36 (April 2002): 107-49

The Absence of Peace: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Zed Books, 1998)