Historians of empire and colonialism consider how power operates across space. We treat empires as political, cultural, social, and economic institutions that shape human agency and identity. At the University of Virginia, we work across different time periods and geographic areas – from the Greek and Roman empires of the ancient world to the imperial formations of the Cold War. In our teaching and research, we examine how such empires acquire, exercise, and justify authority. We ask how they administer diverse populations, and what role these populations play in imperial rule. We study the many forms of colonial domination and resistance – but also hybridization, collaboration, and mutual influence. We track the circulation of goods, people, ideas, and practices, both within empires and across them. And, we consider the varied legacies of empire, such as the racial, social, and religious categories they produce. The study of empire and colonialism helps to locate the local in the global, and vice versa. It highlights both the networks and the hierarchies that structure our world.
Empires & Colonialism
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-10:50am
Associate Professor, Co-Director, UVA Early American Seminar at Monticello, Director, Mapscholar
431 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 (General); Mondays, 2:30-4:30 (Digital Projects)
Julian Bishko Professor of History, Professor of Law
Office Hours: Mon. and Weds., 10:30-12:00; and by appointment
Associate Professor of French
317A Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nau Hall 252
Office Hours: M/W 11:00am-12:00pm and by appointment
Office Hours: On Leave 2017-18
236 Nau Hall
Office Hours: W 10:30-12:00 & by appt.
Professor, Associate Chair
483 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00-1:00 pm & by appointment
234 Nau Hall
Office Hours: On leave 2016-17. Please email for appt.
Professor of Architectural History, Associate Dean in the School of Architecture
Saunders Director, Robert H.Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Office Hours: N/A
White Burkett Miller Professor of History
Office Hours: On leave during Spring 2018, available by appointment.
James Madison Professor
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00pm
Editor, Essays in History
Office Hours: W, 1:30-3:30