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Dr Ian Chambers F.R.G.S

Dr Ian Chambers, F.R.G.S

I am a member of the History Faculty and affiliated with Robinson College

Ian Chambers is available for consultancy.

Room 6.31
Faculty of History

Cambridge CB3 9EF


I completed my BA (Hons.) and MA in Historical Research at the University of Warwick

I completed my PhD at the University of California, Riverside 

I taught for one year at Pasadena Community College before moving to the University of Idaho where I taught for 8 years.

I joined the faculty at the University of Cambridge in Michaelmas 2017

Subject groups/Research projects

American History:

Research Interests

My scholarship to date has focused on the study of the Atlantic world in the long eighteenth century. Specifically, I examine the interaction between Europeans and Native Americans, in both England and the America, during the early modern era. Using what I define as ‘spatial habitus’ I argue that space, like language, art and gender, is a cultural construct and that for each nation there existed an individual spatial habitus. Spatial habitus, therefore, gives another theoretical lens through which to unpack and English expansion.

My current manuscript project continues my interest in the early modern Atlantic world. I am examining the Yamasee rebellion of 1715 and the concurrent Jacobite rebellion.  Placing the conflicts in the context of a developing British Protestant empire I argue that these two rebellions, or wars, one in South Carolina and one in Scotland, both peripheral yet important parts of the British Empire, clearly indicate the manner in which an Atlantic world approach to the early modern world can encourage us to ask new questions.



I teach on Paper 22


  • American History

Key Publications

Spatial Understandings in the Eighteenth Century American Southeast (Forthcoming Illinois University Press)

‘‘The Empire Visits the Metropolis: The Red Atlantic, Spatial Habitus, and the Cherokee.’ Atlantic History: Global Currents, Vol. 12:2, (June 2015).

Rethinking Alexander Longe’ Journal of Cherokee Studies, Vol. XXXII (Summer 2014)

‘Sir Alexander Cumming and the Creation of Two Worlds.' in James Joseph Buss and C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa - Editor Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America (New York: SUNY Press, 2014).

‘Alexander Cumming – King or Pawn?: An Englishman on the Colonial Chessboard of the Eighteenth-century American Southeast’ Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, Vol.21:1, (Spring/Summer 2014): 33-55.

‘A Cherokee Origin for the ‘Catawba’ Deerskin Map (c.1721)’ Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography Vol 65:2 (2013) ): 204-14.

The Movement of Great Tellico: The Role of Town and Clan in Cherokee Spatial Understanding”, Native South, Vol. 3 (2010): 89-102.

 ‘Spatial Personas: A New Technique for Interpreting Colonial Encounters in Colonial North America,' History Compass, Volume 6, Issue 4, (July 2008): 1164–1172. DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2008.00526.x