Empires & Colonialism

Historians of empire and colonialism consider how power operates across space. We treat empires as political, cultural, social, and economic institutions that shape human agency and identity. At the University of Virginia, we work across different time periods and geographic areas – from the Greek and Roman empires of the ancient world to the imperial formations of the Cold War. In our teaching and research, we examine how such empires acquire, exercise, and justify authority. We ask how they administer diverse populations, and what role these populations play in imperial rule. We study the many forms of colonial domination and resistance – but also hybridization, collaboration, and mutual influence. We track the circulation of goods, people, ideas, and practices, both within empires and across them. And, we consider the varied legacies of empire, such as the racialsocial, and religious categories they produce. The study of empire and colonialism helps to locate the local in the global, and vice versa. It highlights both the networks and the hierarchies that structure our world.

Graduate Student

Faculty

Bishara
Associate Professor, Indian Ocean History, Rouhollah Ramazani Associate Professor of Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies
Nau 253
Office Hours: On leave Fall 2019-Spring 2020; by appointment
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Legal History, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Associate Professor, Brockman Foundation Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor
Nau 384
Office Hours: Fall 2020: On leave
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Legal History, Race & Ethnicity
Professor, Co-Director, UVa Early American Seminar at Monticello, Co-Director, MapScholar
431 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Mondays, 2-4 pm, and by appointment
Themes: Digital Humanities, Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Environmental History, History of Slavery, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration
Halliday
Julian Bishko Professor of History, Professor of Law
Nau 454
Office Hours: Fall 2021 M 11:30-12:30, W 11:00-12:00 (Nau); T 9:00-10:00 (Law)
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, Legal History, Material Culture, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Zachary Hoffman
Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Lecturer
New Cabell Hall 321
Office Hours: Mon and Wed, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Digital Humanities, Empire & Colonialism
Horne
Associate Professor of French
317A Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Labor History, Material Culture, Political History
Associate Professor
Nau 235
Office Hours: Fall 2021: Wednesday, 12:45 – 2:00 pm (currently ZOOM only). All meetings will be by appointment only: e-mail to arrange a meeting.
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Legal History, Material Culture, Military & War History, Political History, Race & Ethnicity, Religious History, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Kunakhovich
Assistant Professor
Nau Hall 252
Office Hours: W 12-2; please use this link to sign up: https://calendly.com/kunakhovich/office-hours
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Material Culture, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Mason
Associate Professor; Co-Director, Holsinger Portrait Project
353 Nau
Office Hours: Mondays, 2 to 4; Wednesdays, 10:30 to 12:30.
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Race & Ethnicity
Louis Nelson
Professor of Architectural History, Associate Dean in the School of Architecture
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Material Culture, Race & Ethnicity
Saunders Director, Robert H.Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Office Hours: N/A
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism
Photo by Chris Taylor / U.S. Department of the Treasury
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies
484 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00-2:40pm. Book a meeting by going to https://ds2ax.youcanbook.me
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Environmental History, Labor History, Science, Medicine, & Technology
Penny
Professor of History, William R Kenan, Jr Professor in American Studies
233 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Transnational and Diplomatic History