History | Lawrence B. A. Hatter

Lawrence Hatter

Assistant Professor of History

Wilson-Short Hall 319


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011

Academic & Professional Interests

Dr. Hatter specializes in the history of North American empire in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. He teaches classes on colonial America, the era of the American Revolution, in addition to offering undergraduate research and methods classes focused on the early American West.

Research & Publications

Dr. Hatter’s research interests broadly encompass the social and geopolitical history of empire in the United States and British North America between 1750 and 1820. His current book manuscript explores the intersection of nationhood, imperialism, and nationality in the Great Lakes region after the American Revolution.


Citizens of Convenience: Nationhood, Empire, and the Northern Border of the American Republic, 1783-1820 (under contract with University of Virginia Press, Early American Histories series)

Articles & Essays

“‘To acquire the equivocal attributes of American Citizen and British Subject:’ Nationality and Nationhood in the Early American West, 1796-1819.” In Richard Marback, ed. The Meaning of Citizenship. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. Forthcoming November 2015

“Taking Exception to Exceptionalism: Geopolitics and the Founding of an American Empire.” Journal of the Early Republic, 34 (Winter 2014): 653-660

“The Jay Charter: Rethinking the American National State in the West, 1796-1819.” Diplomatic History, 37 (September 2013): 693-726

“The Narcissism of Petty Differences?: Thomas Jefferson, John Graves Simcoe and the Reformation of Empire in the early United States and British-Canada.” American Review of Canadian Studies, 42 (June 2012): 130-41

“Party Like It’s 1812: The War at 200.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 71 (Summer 2012): 90-111

“The Transformation of the Detroit Land Market and the Formation of the Anglo-American Boundary, 1783-1796.” Michigan Historical Review, 34 (Spring 2008): 83-99