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

Instructional Designer, A&S Learning Design & Technology
155 Nau Hall
Office Hours: M-F by appointment via Zoom.
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Genocide & Violence, Material Culture, Military & War History, Political History, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration, Women, Gender, & Sexuality

Faculty

Bishara
Associate Professor, Indian Ocean History, Rouhollah Ramazani Associate Professor of Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies
Nau 253
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30-12:30
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Legal History, Spatial History, Frontiers, & Migration, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Associate Professor
Nau 336
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2pm-3:30pm; By appointment
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Associate Professor, Brockman Foundation Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor
Nau 384
Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30-3:30pm at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and via Zoom
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Legal History, Race & Ethnicity
Halliday
Julian Bishko Professor of History, Professor of Law
Nau 454
Office Hours: Fall 2022: Tues 3:30-5:00; Weds 11:00-12:00
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, Legal History, Material Culture, Transnational and Diplomatic History
Hitchcock
James Madison Professor of History, Director, Governing America in a Global Era (GAGE)
Nau 285
Office Hours: Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm; Tuesdays 2:00-3:30pm
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, Genocide & Violence, Military & War History, Transnational and Diplomatic History
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
Mason
Associate Professor; Co-Director, Holsinger Portrait Project
353 Nau
Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00; W 10:30-12:30; and by appointment
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, History of Slavery, Race & Ethnicity
Mcmillen
Professor, Associate Dean for the Social Sciences
483 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Wednesday, 1-2pm in person or Zoom; Thursday, 12-1pm by appointment
Themes: Empire & Colonialism, Environmental History, Intellectual History & History of Ideas, Race & Ethnicity, Science, Medicine, & Technology, Transnational and Diplomatic History
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
Owens
Professor, Director, Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Hotel A
Nau 382
Office Hours: Wednesday, 2:00-3:30
Themes: Economic History & History of Capitalism, Empire & Colonialism, Legal History
Photo by Chris Taylor / U.S. Department of the Treasury
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies
484 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm. 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: By appointment in 120 Wilson Hall
Themes: Cultural and Social History, Empire & Colonialism, Transnational and Diplomatic History