Early modern Britain and Europe
Office: Harris Hall #207
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 has published articles based on this project in Past & Present, the Journal of British Studies, the English Historical Review, and Parliamentary History. He is currently working on a book entitled States of Exclusion: Britain, France, and Ireland, 1670–1720, a comparative study exploring the relationships among public fears, the exclusion of religious minorities, and state formation in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In 2014, he received the Weinberg College Award for Distinguished Teaching. He teaches courses on Tudor-Stuart Britain, the history of gender and sexuality, and the early British Empire.