BA and MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Princeton)
Nicholas Guyatt works on the intellectual and political history of the Atlantic World, with a particular focus on issues of race, citizenship and empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has held research fellowships at the Center for Human Values and the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and at the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2013-14 he will be a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow, the Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute of the University of Oxford, a Barra Foundation fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and a Peterson fellow at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.
He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Zed Books, and was the editor of Zed's 'Global History of the Present' series. He has written about American history and politics for the London Review of Books, the Nation magazine, and the Times Literary Supplement.
Nicholas Guyatt's first monograph, Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1877, is a study of the forms of religious nationalism which developed in North America during the colonial and early national periods. He has also written two books on contemporary America: Another American Century, on U.S. foreign policy since the end of the Cold War; and Have a Nice Doomsday, on apocalyptic Christians and their political ambitions during the recent ascendancy of the Religious Right.
He is currently working on a book about the connections between ideas of racial equality and programmes of racial separation in the early American republic, entitled The Scale of Beings and the Prehistory of 'Separate but Equal'; and on a project exploring the links between colonization and race theory in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English-speaking world.
He would welcome postgraduate students interested in the history of the Atlantic world or the United States before 1900.
The J.B. Morrell library has a good collection of journals and monographs on American history, and the University has recently made a significant investment in electronic materials including American newspaper databases, political materials, broadsides, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century journals, and a good deal of additional material. Postgraduate students should expect to travel to archives in the United States for specialised research, but American history is perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the recent interest in digitizing archival and library collections - especially for late-eighteenth and nineteenth century printed books.
Currently on research leave