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Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

USC College professor will help university vie for government funding and raise profile among publishers.

September 1, 2007

Mancall Gets Research Advancement Post

USC College professor Peter Mancall has been appointed associate vice provost for research advancement.

In this new role, he will work with faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences to stimulate new research activity. In particular, he will emphasize building research collaborations that increase USC’s effectiveness in competing for funding from foundations and government agencies. He also will expand on his work within the Center for Excellence in Research, in which he serves as a fellow. This will include raising USC’s profile among academic book publishers through events at USC.

Mancall, who reports to Vice Provost for Research Advancement Randolph Hall, is a professor of history and anthropology in USC College and director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

Mancall teaches early American history, Native American history and the history of medicine in USC College and works frequently with teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is on the editorial boards of six journals, including the Journal of American History, Huntington Library Quarterly and Reviews in American History, and serves as guest curator for the show “Jamestown at 400: Natives and Newcomers in Early Virginia,” on view at the Huntington Library through Jan. 14, 2008.

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) and Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America (Yale, 2007). He is the editor of nine books, including Virginia and the Atlantic World, 1550–1624 (University of North Carolina/Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, 2007) and Travel Narratives From the Age of Discovery (Oxford, 2006).

His 48-part lecture course “Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution” is available from the Teaching Company. He is currently writing a book titled Hudson’s Fatal Journey: Mutiny on the Voyage of Discovery, to be published in 2009. He earned his Ph.D. in 1986 from Harvard University.