Biography

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.

Career History

Professor Plank came to the University of East Anglia in September 2010.  Prior to that he taught at the University of Cincinnati.

Academic Background

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)

All Publications

Plank, G.

(2017)

Quakers as Political Players in Early America

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Plank, G.

(2016)

Anthony Benezet, John Woolman and Praise

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Plank, G.

(2016)

Discipline and divinity: Colonial Quakerism, Christianity, and "Heathenism" in the Seventeeth Century

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Plank, G.

(2015)

A Medieval Response to a Wilderness Need: Anglicizing Warfare in Colonial America

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Plank, G.

(2015)

Sarah Woolman and the Anti-Slavery Family

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Protestantism in a Multi-cultural Early America

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Quakers and Abolition

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Plank, G.

(2014)

War and Warfare in the Atlantic World

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Quaker Reform and Evangelization in the Eighteenth Century

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Plank, G.

(2013)

Making Gibraltar British in the eighteenth century

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Plank, G.

(2012)

John Woolman's Path to the Peaceable Kingdom

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Plank, G.

(2011)

Deploying Tribes and Clans: Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in Georgia

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Plank, G.

(2009)

The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his Journal

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Plank, G.

(2009)

Sailing with John Woolman: The Millennium and Maritime Trade

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Key Research Interests

The expansion of the British Empire in the Caribbean and North America
Colonial Quakerism 
Warfare in the Atlantic World

Research supervision

Professor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas. 

Forthcoming Publications

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