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.
Programs with which you are affiliated Graduate Program in British Studies
- “Group Hunting: Religion, Politics, and Ideology in Later Stuart Britain,” Historical Journal, vol. 58, no. 4 (Dec. 2015), pp. 1191–1204 (review article).
- Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2013).
- “Forgetting the Repealers: Religious Toleration and Historical Amnesia in Later Stuart England,” Past and Present, no. 215 (May 2012), pp. 85–123.
- “Opposition to Anti-Popery in Restoration England,” Journal of British Studies, vol. 51, no. 1 (Jan. 2012), pp. 26–49.
- “Pantomime History,” Parliamentary History, vol. 30, pt. 2 (2011), pp. 236–258 (review article).
- “Of Different Complexions: Religious Diversity and National Identity in James II’s Toleration Campaign,” English Historical Review, vol. 124, no. 506 (Feb. 2009), pp. 29–52.
- “Tories in the Whig Corner: Daniel Fleming’s Journal of the 1685 Parliament,” Parliamentary History, vol. 24, pt. 2 (2005), pp. 157–201.
- 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.