Media and Commentary

Mount Rushmore

Joy Porter appeared on the BBC News Channel to provide commentary on President Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore on 3 July 2020.

Black Lives Matter

Greg Smithers (British Academy Global Professor) with text and photographs on The Power of Empty Pedastals, and providing a range of commentary on race and product branding in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Market Watch and The Counter.


Professor Gregory Smithers: ‘Covid -19 has been brutal in Indian Country’ (20 May 2020)

BBC Radio


Joy Porter appeared on BBC Radio Scotland as part of a special feature on connections between Scotland and Native America. Airdate: 26 January 2020. A report on her comments appeared in The Times

WRMA (Virginia)

Greg Smithers appeared on Books and Brews to discuss his new book, Native Southerners.


Pekka Hämäläinen, Can Colonial Nations Truly Recognise the Sovereignty of Native People? (Aeon)

Pekka Hämäläinen, The Pipe Holds Them All Together (Lapham’s Quarterly)

Joy Porter, Oscar first for Native American Actor (BBC News)

Joy Porter, Oscar Marks a Cultural and Political Resurgence for Native Americans (The Conversation)

Joy Porter, Depp and Dior (The Conversation)

Greg Smithers, Can Indigenous knowledge rooted in the deep past help address climate change? (VCU News)

Campuses urged to fill gaps in ‘white, male’ institutional pasts (Times Higher Education Supplement)

New Books Network – podcasts hosted by Charles Prior


Daniel Woolf, A Concise History of History: Global Historiography from Antiquity to the Present (Cambridge, 2019), 22 July 2020.

Michael J. Braddick, The Common Freedom of the People: John Lilburne and the English Revolution (Oxford, 2018), 29 May 2020.

Jonathan Scott, How the Old World Ended: The Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800 (Yale 2019), 19 March 2020.

Christian Koot, A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrmann’s Chesapeake (NYU Press, 2017), 6 February 2020.

Lauren Working, The Making of an Imperial Polity: Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis (Cambridge, 2020), 22 January 2020.

James M. Vaughan, The Politics of Empire at the Accession of George III (Yale, 2019), 23 December 2019.

Paul Musselwhite, Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake (University of Chicago Press, 2019), 8 October 2019.

Rachel B. Herrmann, No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution (Cornell, 2019), 22 July 2019.

Hannah Weiss Muller, Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire (Oxford, 2017), 15 July 2019.

Edward Vallance, Loyalty, Memory and Public Opinion in England, 1658-1727 (Manchester, 2019), 20 June 2019.

Robbie Richardson, The Savage and Modern Self: North American Indians in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2018), 4 June 2019.

Ryan Hanley, Beyond Slavery and Abolition: Black British Writing, c. 1770-1830 (Cambridge, 2019), 29 May 2019.

Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence (Harvard, 2017), 19 May 2019