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History | Lawrence B. A. 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 regularly teaches a range of classes, including American History to 1877, Early America to 1750, and the Era of the American Revolution.

Research Interests

Dr. Hatter’s research program embraces the comparative study of British and American Empire in the Revolutionary Atlantic World. More specifically, his research focuses on merchants as transnational agents of empire, exploring their ambivalent and often fraught relationship with imperial policymakers in the metropole and government officials on the ground. Hatter’s first book, Citizens of Convenience: The Imperial Origins of American Nationhood on the U.S.-Canadian Border (Charlottesville, 2017) won the 2016 Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for “an outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies.” He is beginning a new project with the working title Negotiating Independence: American overseas merchant communities in the Age of Revolution.

Washington State University