|Professor of American Studies||
G dot Plank at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 7486
Geoffrey Plank’s research centres on colonial American history and debates over conquest, settlement, warfare, slavery, and material culture. He is interested in the ways in which imperial expansion affected ordinary lives, and he has studied a variety of groups including French- and English-speaking settlers, Scottish Highlanders and Native Americans. His most recent work examines the thought, life and work of the eighteenth-century New Jersey Quaker abolitionist John Woolman.
Professor Plank joined the School of American Studies in September 2010. Prior to that he taught at the University of Cincinnati.
B.A. English; Swarthmore College (1980)
J.D. Law; University of Connecticut (1984)
M.A. History; University of Wisconsin (1990)
Ph.D. History; Princeton University (1994)
The expansion of the British Empire in North America
Material culture in the Atlantic World
Research supervisionProfessor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas.
Peace in the British Empire: John Woolman and the Peaceable Kingdom (Under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press).
“Deploying Tribes and Clans: Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in Georgia, in Wayne E. Lee, ed., Empires and Indigenes: Combining Cultures of War in the Early Modern World (New York University Press, forthcoming).
Plank, Geoff (2009) Sailing with John Woolman: The Millennium and Maritime Trade. Early American Studies , 7 (1). pp. 46-81. ISSN 15590895
Plank, Geoff (2009) The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his Journal. Slavery and Abolition , 30 (1). pp. 67-91. ISSN 17439523
Plank, Geoffrey (2011) Deploying Tribes and Clans: Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in Georgia. In: Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion and Warfare in the Early Modern World. New York University Press, New York, pp. 221-250.
Plank, Geoffrey (2012) John Woolman's Path to the Peaceable Kingdom. Early American Studies . University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-4405-2
Professor Plank is director of postgraduate taught programmes in the School of American Studies.
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