Department of History

James Hill

James Hill received his Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary in 2016 and specializes in Atlantic World, Native American/Indigenous, Caribbean, and Colonial North American history. He has published articles in Early American Studies (Winter 2014) and the Florida Historical Quarterly (Fall 2014) and has held fellowships at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, and the David Library of the American Revolution.

His current manuscript project is tentatively titled "Muskogee Internationalism in an Age of Revolution, 1763-1818.” The book will focus on Creek and Seminole efforts to defend their territorial and political power by forging transatlantic diplomatic networks, manipulating and appropriating European concepts of sovereignty, and participating in an international diplomatic community.

In Fall 2019, Dr. Hill will be teaching the first half of the U.S. History survey (HIST 0600, U.S. History to 1877), as well as a course titled “North American Indians” (HIST 1683), which will analyze Native societies throughout the Caribbean and North American continent, with a particular emphases upon their pre-contact civilizations and cultures as well as their adaptations to the transformations wrought by European contact and colonization.