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  • Assistant Professor of History
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Education

  • BA, Loyola University-Chicago, 2001
  • MA, St. Cloud State University, 2006
  • PhD, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Biography

Matt Bahar is a historian of colonial North America whose research interests lie along the Atlantic littoral at the intersection of American Indian, imperial, and maritime history. He is the author of Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic’s Age of Sail (Oxford University Press, 2018), a history of dominion and dependence in a corner of the northwest Atlantic during the 17th and 18th centuries. His publications also include “People of the Dawn, People of the Door: Indian Pirates and Violent Theft of an Atlantic World,” Journal of American History 101:2 (September 2014).

He is currently working on a second book project that explores cultural encounters around the catastrophe of shipwreck in early America.

His research has been supported by a year-long fellowship at the Huntington Library and short-term fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the American Philosophical Society.

Bahar teaches classes on early America, Native America, the early modern Atlantic World, and piracy.

Publications

Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic’s Age of Sail (Oxford University Press, 2018)

 “People of the Dawn, People of the Door: Indian Pirates and the Violent Theft of an Atlantic World,” Journal of American History 101:2 (September 2014)