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Fields & SpecialtiesColonial North America; American Revolution; Early Republic; Pre-Confederation Canada; American West
Ph.d.: American History, Brandeis University, 1986. Family and Community History Summer Training Institute in Quantitative History, Newberry Library, 1981. B.A.: History, Colby College, 1977.
Colonial North America; American Revolution; Early Republic; Pre-Confederation Canada; American West
The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (New York: W. W. Norton Co., 2013).
* Finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction *
The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010).
* Empire State History Book Prize * Finalist for the George Washington Prize *
The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006).
* 2007 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Book Prize * 2005-2007 Society of the Cincinnati Triennial Cox Book Prize *
Writing Early American History (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005).
American Colonies (New York: Viking-Penguin, 2001).
* 2002 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction awarded by the Commonwealth Club of California *
William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996).
* New York State Historical Association Manuscript Award * Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Book Prize * Beveridge Prize (American Historical Association) in the History of the Americas * Bancroft Prize in American History * Pulitzer Prize in United States History *
Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990).
Lewis & Clark: Journey to Another America (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 2003).
Douglas Southall Freeman Visiting Professor, University of Richmond (2010)
U. C. Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement (2002)
Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award (2002)
CURRENT BOOK PROJECT
American Revolutions: a synthesis of recent scholarship on the Era of the American Revolution (1760-1821) with a North American continental perspective that will weave Mexico and Canada into a narrative about the impact of revolutionary republicanism and counter-revolutionary activism. Under contract with W.W. Norton, this book will be a sequel to my continental history of colonial North America entitled American Colonies (2001).
Born in Portland, Maine on June 17, 1955, Alan Taylor attended Colby College, graduating in 1977. After serving as a researcher for historic preservation in the United States Virgin Islands (1977-79), he pursued graduate study at Brandeis University, receiving his Ph.d in American History in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Williamsburg, Virginia), he taught in the history department at Boston University from 1987 to 1994. Since 1994, he has been a professor at the University of California at Davis, where he teaches courses in early North American history, the history of the American West, and the history of Canada. In August 2014, he will begin to hold the Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Virginia.
He is also active in California State Social Science and History Project. This project provides curriculum support for K-12 teachers in history and social studies. In 2002 he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award.
Taylor is the author of seven books: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (1990); William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (1995); American Colonies (2001); Writing Early American History (2005); The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006); The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010); The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia (2013).