Peter Mancall

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History and Anthropology; Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute
Vice Dean for the Humanities
Director

Contact Information
E-mail: mancall@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-2151
Office: SOS 284

 

Biographical Sketch

Peter C. Mancall is Professor of History and Anthropology at USC, and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is the author of five books including FATAL JOURNEY: THE FINAL EXPEDITION OF HENRY HUDSON--A TALE OF MUTINY AND MURDER IN THE ARCTIC (Basic Books, 2009); HAKLUYT'S PROMISE: AN ELIZABETHAN'S OBSESSION FOR AN ENGLISH AMERICA (Yale, 2007; paperback 2010) and DEADLY MEDICINE: INDIANS AND ALCOHOL IN EARLY AMERICA (Cornell, 1995). He is currently writing AMERICAN ORIGINS, which will be volume one of the Oxford History of the United States, and LORD OF MISRULE: THOMAS MORTON AND THE TRAGIC ORIGINS OF NEW ENGLAND, which is under contract with Basic Books. In 2012 he will be the Mellon Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg Businessweek, and American Heritage and been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Education

  • A.B. History, Oberlin College, 5/1981
  • Ph.D. History, Harvard University, 1/1986

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Professor of History and Anthropology, University of Southern California, 08/01/2005-  
    • Director, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, 08/01/2003-  
    • Professor of History, University of Southern California, 08/01/2001-  
    • Chair, Department of History, University of Southern California, 2010-2013  
    • Associate Vice Provost for Research Advancement, University of Southern California, 2007-2009  
    • Professor, University of Kansas, 08/01/1989-07/31/2001  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Peter C. Mancall is an historian of early America, the early modern Atlantic world, early modern environmental history, and early Native American Indian history (c. 1492-1840). He is the author of VALLEY OF OPPORTUNITY: ECONOMIC CULTURE ALONG THE UPPER SUSQUEHANNA, 1700-1800 (Cornell,1991), DEADLY MEDICINE: INDIANS AND ALCOHOL IN EARLY AMERICA (Cornell, 1995), AT THE EDGE OF EMPIRE: THE BACKCOUNTRY IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA (with Eric Hinderaker, Johns Hopkins, 2003), HAKLUYT'S PROMISE: AN ELIZABETHAN'S OBSESSION FOR AN ENGLISH AMERICA (Yale, 2007), and FATAL JOURNEY: THE FINAL EXPEDITION OF HENRY HUDSON--A TALE OF MUTINY AND MURDER IN THE ARCTIC (Basic Books, 2009). He is writing AMERICAN ORIGINS, which will be volume one of the Oxford History of the United States, and LORD OF MISRULE: THOMAS MORTON AND THE TRAGIC ORIGINS OF NEW ENGLAND, which will be published by Basic Books. His edited books include ENVISIONING AMERICA (Bedford/St. Martin's,1995), LAND OF RIVERS (Cornell, 1996), THREE WORLDS MEET (volume one of the multiple-prize winning Encyclopedia of the United States [Facts on File, 2003; 2nd ed. 2010]), TRAVEL NARRATIVES FROM THE AGE OF DISCOVERY (Oxford, 2006), and THE ATLANTIC WORLD AND VIRGINIA, 1550-1624 (Omohundro Institute/North Carolina, 2007). He has written for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg Businessweek, and American Heritage, and his work has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Mancall directs the USC-Huntington Library Early Modern Studies Institute, one of two collaborations between the two institutions. Information about Institute programs can be found at www.usc.edu/emsi
    Research Keywords
    early America, Atlantic World, Native American
    Research Specialties
    Peter C. Mancall is a historian of early North America, the early modern Atlantic World, and Native American history. He has written five books, edited nine others, and has written for American Heritage and the Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as historical journals, and his work has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • USC Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Director, http://www.usc.edu/emsi

    Publications


    Book
    • Mancall, P. C. American Origins (vol. one of the Oxford History of the United States). New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2009). Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson: A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic. New York: Basic Books.
    • Bleichmar, Daniela and Mancall, Peter C. (Ed.). (2009). Collecting Across Cultures: Material Exchanges in the Early Modern Atlantic World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2007). Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America. New Haven, COnn.: Yale University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2007). The Atlantic World and Virginia. University of North Carolina Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2007). Bringing the World to Early Modern Europe: Travel Accounts and Their Audiences.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2006). Travel Narratives from the Age of Discovery. Oxford University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C., Hinderaker, E. (2003). At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America. Johns Hopkins University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2003). Three Worlds Meet. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of American History, vol. 1. New York: Facts on File.
    • Mancall, P. C., Hoxie, F., Merrell, J. H. (2001). American Nations: Encounters in Indian Country, 1850 to 2000. London, UK / New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Mancall, P. C., Merrell, J. H. (2000). American Encounters: Natives and Newcomers From European Contact through Removal, 1500-1850. London, UK / New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Mancall, P. C. (1999). American Eras: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860. Gale Press (Scribner's).
    • Mancall, P. C., Hoagland, E. (1996). Land of Rivers: America in Word and Image. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (1995). Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
    • Mancall, P. C. (1995). Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640. Bedford/St. Martin's.
    • Mancall, P. C. (1991). Valley of Opportunity: Economic Culture along the Upper Susquehanna, 1700-1800. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

    Essay
    • Mancall, P. C. (2009). "Why a Fourth Grader Knows More About Henry Hudson Than You Do". Chronicle of Higher Education.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2009). "Judging Henry Hudson". History News Network.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2009). "Northern Exposure: Henry Hudson's First Journey to the North Pole". Huntington Frontiers.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2009). "Strangers In A New Land: Henry Hudson's First American Journey". American Heritage.

    Journal Article
    • Mancall, P. C. (2010). "Pigs for Historians: Changes in the Land and beyond,". William and Mary Quarterly. Vol. 3rd Ser, LXVII, pp. 347-375.
    • Mancall, P. C., Weiss, T., Rosenbloom, J. (2008). "Exports and Slow Economic Growth in the Lower South Region, 1720-1800". Research in Economic History. Vol. 25
    • Mancall, P. C., Rosenbloom, J., Weiss, T. (2006). "Slave Prices, the African Slave Trade, and Productivity in Eighteenth-Century South Carolina: A Reply,". Journal of Economic History. Vol. 66 (4), pp. 1066-1071.
    • Mancall, P. C., Weiss, T. (2005). “Indians and the Economy of Eighteenth-Century Carolina”. ., The Atlantic Economy during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries:/University of South Carolina Press. pp. p.297-322.
    • Mancall, P. C., Hackel, H. B. (2004). Richard Hakluyt the Younger's Notes for the East India Company in 1601: A Transcription of Huntington Library Manuscript EL 2360. Huntington Library Quarterly/Huntington Library. pp. p. 423-436.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2004). Tales Tobacco Told in Sixteenth-Century Europe. Environmental History/Environmental History Association. pp. p. 648-678.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2004). Robert Plot's Natural History of Oxford-Shire. Environmental History/Environmental History Association. pp. p. 300-305.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2004). The ones who hold up the world: Native American History since the Columbian Quincentennial. Historical Journal/Cambridge University Press. pp. p. 477-490.

    Other
    • Mancall, P. C. (2007). Travel Writing in the Early Modern World, special issue of Huntington Library Quarterly.
    • Mancall, P. C. (2006). Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution. 48 30-minute lectures.


    Honors and Awards

    • USC Endowed Professorship, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History and Anthropology, 3/7/2012-  
    • Mellon Distinguished Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012   
    • Elected Fellow, Society of American Historians, 2009-2010   
    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, 2009-2010   
    • Elected Member, American Antiquarian Society, 2008-2009   
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2008-2009   
    • British Scholar Book of the Month (September 2007) for Hakluyt's Promise, 2007-2008   
    • USC Center for Excellence in Research, Faculty Fellow, 2007-2008   
    • Huntington Library Research Fellowship Recipient, 2004-2005   
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, 2001-2002   
    • Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand ALAC Research Fellowship, Fall 1998   
    • Charles Warren Center, Harvard University, Fellow, 1991-1992   

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Chair, Department of History, 2010-2011   
    • Associate Vice Provost for Research Advancement, 2008-2009   
    • Associate Vice Provost for Research Advancement, 2007-2008   
    Committees
    • Director, USC Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) , 2010-2011   
    • Member, USC College Humanities Council, 2009-2010   

    Service to the Profession


    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • editorial board, Itinerario, 2006-  
    • editorial board, Huntington Library Quarterly, 2004-  
    • Series editor for Perspectives in American Social History, ABC-Clio, 2004-2011  
    • Editorial board, William and Mary Quarterly, 2010-2011   
    • editorial board, Journal of American History, 2005-2008  
    • Section Editor, Early American History, History Compass, 2004-2008  
    • editorial board, Reviews in American History, 1998-2008