Steven Pincus

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Bradford Durfee Professor of History; Co-Director, CHESS (Leave of absence, Academic Year 2014-2015)
Office: 
RKZ 445
Phone: 
203-432-7616
Field(s) of interest: 
Europe: History of Britain; History of the Netherlands; Worldwide colonial rivalries of 17th & 18th centuries


Steven Pincus received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1990. At Yale he teaches 17th and 18th century British and European history, the history of the early British Empire, and Directed Studies.  In addition to research seminars in History, he regularly co-teaches cross disciplinary seminars with faculty in other departments.  Recent topics have included the Divergence of Britain, Comparative Revolutions, and Early Modern Empires in Theory and Practice.  

He is the author of Protestantism and Patriotism: Ideologies and the Making of English Foreign Policy, 1650-1668 and England’s Glorious Revolution 1688-89 and most recently 1688:The First Modern Revolution.  He has also edited two collections of essays.   He has published numerous essays on the economic, cultural, political and intellectual history of early modern Britain and comparative revolutions. In March 2010 he delivered the Sir John Neale lecture at University College, London.  Pincus is completing a book on the origins of the British Empire (c. 1650-1784) which offers a new interpretation of the American Revolution and the origins of British India. He is also working with Jim Robinson of Harvard on a book on the Divergence of Britain: the state and the making of the first industrial revolution.

His research interests include: 17th and 18th century British Political History, the Emergence of Capitalism, the History of Economic Thought, the Origins of the British Empire, the Early Modern Atlantic World, Early Modern Nationalism, comparative revolutions and Political Thought.

At Yale Steve Pincus is a co-organizer of two regular colloquia: CHESS workshop and British Historical Studies.  He is a former chair of European Studies Council and program chair of the North American Conference on British Studies.

Steve Pincus has supervised doctoral dissertations on a wide range of topics in British and Atlantic commercial, political, intellectual, cultural, and imperial history.