Dr Charles W. A. Prior

Academia Profile

I am a historian of political thought, and am interested in the ways in which diplomatic texts and encounters in early America served as places for the discussion and formation of sovereignty. With the support of the Leverhulme Trust, I am now finishing a new book, provisionally titled Powers in the Land: Colonialism and the Native in Early America. It offers a sustained analysis of treaties and laws that structured the relationship between settlers and Indians in the American east, and places a contest over sovereignty – among Native Americans, colonial governments, the Crown, and settlers – at the centre of an analysis of ideas of power. A second project, Settlers in Indian Country: Sovereignty and Indigenous Power in Early America, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.