Erik Linstrum

Associate Professor

(434) 924-7147
Nau 391
Office Hours: On Leave 2017-18

Field & Specialties

Modern Britain and British Empire; science; European cultural and intellectual


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012
A.M., Harvard University, 2009
A.B., Princeton University, 2006


Current Research

Erik Linstrum is a historian of modern Britain in its imperial and global contexts.  His research explores the politics of knowledge, networks of expertise, and flows of information across oceans and continents.  His first book, Ruling Minds: Psychology in the British Empire, won the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book of the year in European international history.  He is currently writing a history of knowledge about colonial violence in post-1945 Britain.  Tentatively titled What They Knew, it traces reports of atrocities in Malaya, Kenya, and Cyprus as they circulated through British society: from the anticolonial left to the unabashedly imperialist right, from Fleet Street to the Church of England, from veterans' associations to the British Red Cross, from BBC teleplays to the West End theater scene.

Awards & Honors

George Louis Beer Prize, American Historical Association, 2017
Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2016
Michigan Society of Fellows, University of Michigan, 2012-15
Walter D. Love Article Prize, North American Conference on British Studies, 2013
FHHS Article Prize, Forum for History of Human Science, 2013
Harold K. Gross Prize, Department of History, Harvard University, 2012

Courses Taught

Linstrum teaches surveys of modern British and British imperial history and seminars on a wide range of topics, including colonial knowledge, colonial violence, London, and the human sciences.