(cv updated February 1, 2013)


Ph.D.    The Johns Hopkins University, Colonial British American History, 1990

M.A.     University of British Columbia, Canadian History, 1984

B.A.     The Colorado College, History, 1977


Academic Employment

Professor and Canada Research Chair, July 2012-present, Department of History, University of New Brunswick

Professor, 2006-2012, Associate Professor, 1999-2006, Assistant Professor, 1994-99, Department of History, University of Akron

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Western Washington University, 1989-1994

Faculty Exchange, Assistant Professor of History, University of Maine, Canadian American Center, Fall 1990

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Maine at Machias, Social Science Division, 1988-89


Work in Progress

Imperium Unbound: European Expansion and the Making of Modern Geopolitics.  This project is an analysis of how Europeans administered and governed the dispersed territories they claimed in the early modern era, with a particular attention to the impact on the development of international relations.  Monograph, single-authored.  Estimated length, 80,000-100,000 words.  Both Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press are interested in publishing it.



Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, 1500-1850.  Edited with Huw V. Bowen and John G. Reid.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.  Coauthor with Paul Grant-Costa of a chapter entitled, “Anglo-Amerindian Commercial Relations.” Coauthor with Bowen and Reid of the “Preface,” “Introduction” and “Afterword.” 

The Creation of the British Atlantic World.   Co-edited with Carole Shammas. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.  Pp. viii + 400.  (Single-authored essay.  “Chartered Enterprises and the Evolution of the British Atlantic World.  Pp. 237-262, 373-378.)

The Fault Lines of Empire:  Political Differentiation in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, c.1760-1830.  New York: Routledge, 2004.   Pp. xii + 214.

The ‘Conquest’ of Acadia, 1710: Imperial, Colonial, and Aboriginal Constructions.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.  Co-authored with John G. Reid, Maurice Basque, Barry Moody, and William Wicken.  Pp. xxvi + 297.   (Co-authored Reid et al, “Introduction,” ix-xx, 211-213; and “Conclusion,” 203-209, 260.  Co-authored with Reid, “Elites, State, and the Imperial Contest for Acadia,” 25-47, 219-224.  Single-authored, “Imperial Transitions,” 178-202, 255-260.)  [“Imperial Transitions” reprinted in Viewpoints: Readings in Canadian History.  R. Douglas Francis and Donald B. Smith, eds.  Scarborough, Ont.: Thomson Nelson, 2007.]

A Company of Businessmen: The Hudson's Bay Company and Long-Distance Trade, 1670-1730.  Winnipeg:  Rupert's Land Research Centre, 1988.  Pp. x + 100.


Articles and Book Chapters

“Polity Formation and Atlantic Political Narratives.”  In Philip D. Morgan and Nicholas Canny, eds., Oxford Handbook on the Atlantic World, c.1450-1820.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.  Pp.  382-399.

“The Languages of Liberty in British North America, 1607-1776.”  In Jack P. Greene, ed. Exclusionary Liberty: The English Libertarian Heritage and the Construction of Britain’s Settler Empire 1600 to 1900.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.  Pp. 25-49.

“From Global Processes to Continental Strategies: The Emergence of British North America to 1783.”  Co-authored with John G. Reid.  In Canada and the British Empire.  Ed. Phillip Buckner.  A companion volume in the The Oxford History of the British Empire series.  Oxford and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2008.  Pp. 22-41.

“Spaces of Power in the Early Modern Northeast.” In New England and the Maritime Provinces: Connections and Comparisons.  Eds. Stephen J. Hornsby and John G. Reid. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005.  Pp. 32-49, 330-334.

“European Expansion, Oceanic Space, and the Creation of a Global International System.” In Maritime History as World History.  Ed. Daniel Finamore.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.  Pp. 149-166.

“Time, Space, and the History of Early Modern North America.”  History Compass 2 (2004) NA 064, 1-11.  [Online publication.] www.blackwell-compass.com/subject/history/

“Colonial and Imperial Contexts.”  In The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle.  Eds.  Philip Girard, Jim Phillips, and Barry Cahill. Toronto:  Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and University of Toronto Press, 2004.  Pp. 30-50.

"Empire and State." In The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800.  Eds. David Armitage and Michael J. Braddick.  Basingstoke, U.K. and New York: Palgrave., 2002.  Pp. 175-195, 280-284.  Second edition, 2009.  Pp. 193-213, 331-335.

"Negotiating an Empire: Britain and Its Overseas Peripheries, c.1550-1780." In Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820.  Eds. Christine Daniels and Michael Kennedy.  New York: Routledge, 2002.  Pp. 235-265.

"The American Revolution in Canada."  In A Companion to the American Revolution.  Eds. Jack P. Greene and J.R. Pole.  Malden, Ma. and Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, Ltd., 2000.  Pp. 503-510.

"Early Modern Expansion and the Politicization of Oceanic Space," Geographical Review 89 (April 1999), 225-236.

"Early Modern Imperial Governance and the Origins of Canadian Political Culture."  Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique 32, no. 1 (1999), 3-20.

"Another British America: a Canadian Model for the Early Modern British Empire," Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 25 (1997), 1-36.

"At the Counter of the General Store: Women and the Economy in 18th-Century Horton, Nova Scotia."  In Intimate Relations: Family and Community in Planter Nova Scotia.  Ed. Margaret Conrad.  Fredericton, N.B.:  Acadiensis Press, 1995.  Pp. 167-181. 

"Corporate Structure and Private Interest: The Expansion of New England in the 1760s."  In They Planted Well: New England Planters in Maritime Canada. Ed. Margaret Conrad.  Fredericton, N.B.:  Acadiensis Press, 1988. Pp. 161-177.  Reprinted in Invention of Canada: Readings in Pre-Confederation History.  Ed. Chad Gaffield.  Toronto:  Copp Clark Pitman, Ltd., 1994.  Pp. 223-239.