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Faculty - Dr. Liam Riordan

Professorlr_kids1 of History
Office: 275A Stevens Hall
Office phone: 207-581-1913

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

I am an early Americanist with special expertise in the broad Revolutionary era (ca. 1760-1830) and have been a member of the Department of History since fall 1997.  I draw on interdisciplinary cultural studies and social history methods in my scholarship and teaching.  My current research project considers the transatlantic context and consequences of opposition to the American Revolution through a comparative biography of five Loyalists who died in different corners of the British Atlantic World from New Brunswick and Upper Canada, to Sierra Leone, West Africa, the West Indies, and Great Britain.

My first book focused on the intersection of religious, racial, and ethnic identities in the Delaware Valley and is entitled Many Identities, One Nation: The American Revolution and its Legacy in the Mid-Atlantic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).

Additional representative publications include:

  • “‘The Complexion of my Country’” The German as ‘Other’ in Colonial Pennsylvania,” in Colin Calloway, Gerd Gemunden, and Susanne Zantop, eds., Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters and Projections (University of Nebraska Press, 2002), 97-119.
  • “Identity and the American Revolution: Everyday Life and Crisis in Three Delaware River Towns,” Pennsylvania History, 64 (Winter 1997), 56-101.

  • A cultural studies review essay in William & Mary Quarterly, 52 (July 1995), 519-524.

  • “‘O Dear, What Can the Matter Be?’”: The Politics of Popular Song in Benjamin Carr’s Federal Overture,” Journal of the Early Republic (forthcoming).

My principal undergraduate teaching includes the U.S. History survey to 1877 (HTY 103) and advanced courses on British Colonial America (HTY 461) and the American Revolution (HTY 462).  I also have taught undergraduate courses on Loyalists (HTY 311); an Introduction to American Studies (HTY 398), co-taught with Professor Ben Friedlander of the Department of English; and a course on the Atlantic World, 1400-1888 (HTY 398) that draws on my comparative training in Colonial Spanish America.

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