Geoffrey Plank’s research examines early modern debates over conquest, settlement, warfare and slavery in the context of transatlantic imperialism. He is interested in the ways in which the European colonization of the Americas affected ordinary lives, and he has studied a variety of groups including French- and English-speaking colonists, Scottish Highlanders, Quakers and Native Americans. His current work explores the role of warfare in the creation of the Atlantic World.
Professor Plank came to the University of East Anglia 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)
Quakers as Political Players in Early AmericaUEA Repository
Anthony Benezet, John Woolman and PraiseFull Text UEA Repository
Discipline and divinity: Colonial Quakerism, Christianity, and "Heathenism" in the Seventeeth CenturyFull Text UEA Repository
A Medieval Response to a Wilderness Need: Anglicizing Warfare in Colonial AmericaUEA Repository
Sarah Woolman and the Anti-Slavery FamilyUEA Repository
Protestantism in a Multi-cultural Early AmericaUEA Repository
Quakers and AbolitionUEA Repository
War and Warfare in the Atlantic WorldUEA Repository
Quaker Reform and Evangelization in the Eighteenth CenturyUEA Repository
Making Gibraltar British in the eighteenth centuryFull Text UEA Repository
John Woolman's Path to the Peaceable KingdomUEA Repository
Deploying Tribes and Clans: Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in GeorgiaUEA Repository
The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his JournalUEA Repository
Sailing with John Woolman: The Millennium and Maritime TradeUEA Repository
Key Research Interests
The expansion of the British Empire in the Caribbean and North America
Warfare in the Atlantic World
Professor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas.