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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 at the intersection of American Indian, imperial, and maritime history. He is currently working on a book project titled, Found at Sea: Shipwrecks and the Cultural Encounter with Catastrophe in Early America, a history of Indian-European relations forged around the disaster of shipwreck.

His first book, Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic’s Age of Sail (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) traces the confederation of Wabanakia, a Native dominion extending over the sea and shore of northeastern North America in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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. He is the author of “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).

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, forthcoming)

 “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)