Heather Hatton

I am a historian of Native American and Euro-American cultural encounters, with a keen interest in the various modes of communication used during intercultural diplomacy. Before beginning my research degree at the University of Hull, I studied at the University of Sheffield; I graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in History (2013), and gained a Distinction for my MA in Modern History (2014). My MA thesis, Sustained by Natives: Euro-American and Native American relations in the Pacific Northwest in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focused on Native American relations with Euro-Americans on the West Coast of the United States and how these encounters were shaped through food exchange and culinary practices. My thesis argued that food was not only important in the initial contact period, when the threat of hunger and Euro-American weakness necessitated negotiation with indigenous groups, but was instrumental in shaping relations for over a century. After completing a PGCE in history at the University of Bristol (2015), I took a brief break from academia, in which I taught history in a secondary school in Derbyshire. My doctoral research, Communicating Allegiance: Euro-American and Indian Diplomacy in the Northeastern Woodlands, 1701 – 1774, focuses on intercultural diplomacy in the eighteenth century. It specifically considers how contrasting approaches to communication, employed by European go-betweens, affected diplomatic relationships between Native and European people. As part of this research I have been awarded the EAAS Transatlantic Travel Grant. I will be using this funding to conduct archival research on Conrad Weiser, an influential go-between, whose papers are housed at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.