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 first book, Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2013), examines the relationship between political movements, reform and revolution, taking as its subject a cross-denominational movement for religious toleration known as the repealers. 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 titled States of Exclusion: Britain and France, 1685–1715. This comparative study explores the relationship between religious ideologies and state formation by investigating the ways in which religious minorities were included or excluded by religious majorities. He teaches courses on Tudor-Stuart Britain, the history of gender and sexuality, and the early British Empire.
Professor Sowerby is on leave in 2013–2014.