Scott Sowerby Associate Professor

Scott Sowerby (Ph.D., Harvard, 2006) joined the History Department in 2010 after three years of teaching in the History and Literature program at Harvard University. He is a historian of early modern Britain and Europe with a particular interest in comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation, and cosmopolitanism. His book, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2013), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize for the best first book on British history and was shortlisted for Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award. He is currently working on a book entitled States of Exclusion: Religious Diversity and Military Power in Britain, France, and the Holy Roman Empire, 1550–1800, a comparative study exploring the experiences of religious minorities in European militaries. This book investigates how different states grappled with the problems posed by religious diversity within armies and navies from the Reformation to the Age of Revolutions.

Affiliated Programs

Programs with which you are affiliated  Graduate Program in British Studies


Teaching Interests

  • In 2014, Professor Sowerby received the Weinberg College Award for Distinguished Teaching. He teaches courses on Tudor-Stuart Britain, eighteenth-century Britain, the history of gender and sexuality, and the early British Empire.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Professor Sowerby’s work has been supported by fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the John Carter Brown Library.