Dziennik, Matthew

Matthew Dziennik

Matthew Dziennik

Ph.D. University of Edinburgh (History)

M.Sc. University of Edinburgh (History)
M.A. University of Edinburgh (History)
Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a historian of the Atlantic world, specializing in the heterogeneity of peoples, ideas, and experiences in the British colonies in the late eighteenth century. My doctoral thesis examined the experiences of the Scottish Gaelic military diaspora in the age of the American Revolution. I am currently writing a social and cultural history of political organization in the revolutionary middle colonies.
Courses Taught:
  • An Empire of Liberty: The Meaning and Memory of the American Revolution
  • The Age of Atlantic Revolutions, 1760-1830
Recent Publications:
  • ‘The Declaration of Independence and the Celebrations in New York City’ in Reporting the American Revolution, ed. Todd Andrlik (Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2012), tbc.
  • ‘Hierarchy, Authority, and Jurisdiction in the mid Eighteenth-Century Recruitment of the Highland Regiments’, Historical Research, 85 (2012): tbc –
  • ‘Imperial conflict and the contractual basis of military society in the Highland regiments’ in Men at Arms: Soldiering in Britain and Ireland, 1750-1850, eds. Catriona Kennedy and Matthew McCormack (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), tbc.
  • ‘“Cutting Heads from Shoulders”: The Conquest of Canada in Gaelic thought, 1759-1791’ in 1759 Revisited: The Conquest of Canada, eds. Phillip K. Buckner and John Reid (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011), pp. 310-28.
  • ‘Through an Imperial Prism: Land, Liberty, and Highland Loyalism in the War of American Independence’, Journal of British Studies, 50 (2011): 245-74.
  • (with Adam Burns, Robert Mason, and Finn Pollard) ‘The Americas: (i) The United States of America’, Annual Bulletin of Historical Literature, 93-95 (2009-2011).
Office Location:
Room 109
64 W 11th Street (Lang Annex)
New York, NY 10011
Office Hours:
By appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212.229.5100 x2260


Research Interests:
History of the Atlantic world; age of revolutions; American Revolution; British Empire; Scottish Highlands; concepts of sovereignty and legitimacy; identity and loyalty; memory and national myth.
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:
  • “Masculinity, martial cultures, and modernity in Britain, c. 1745-1832,” Gender Theory Workshop, University of Edinburgh, March 2011.
  • “Through an Imperial Prism: land, liberty, and the political philosophies of Highland Loyalism,” St Andrew’s Presbyterian College, April 2010.
  • “The Conquest of Canada and the Realignment of the Gaelic Diaspora,” The Conquest of Canada in Historical Perspective, University of London, September 2009.
  • “200 acres of free ground: The Highland soldier and North America,” Atlantic Seminar, Harvard University, August 2008.
  • “A nation scattered in the boundless regions of America,” Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 2008.
  • “In defense of our liberties: Highland Loyalism in America, 1770-1783,” British Association for American Studies, Edinburgh, March 2008.
Awards and Honors:
  • Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellowship, New York Historical Society, September 2011-June 2012.
  • Robert M. & Annetta J. Coffelt and Robert M. Coffelt, Jr. Fellowship, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, June-July 2012.
  • David Library of the American Revolution Fellowship, August 2011.
  • Summer Seminar Teaching Fellowship, United States Military Academy, West Point, June 2010.
  • Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies Short-term Fellowship, Monticello, May 2010.
  • John W. Kluge Center Fellowship, Library of Congress, April-August 2009.
  • Jeremiah Dalzell Prize for British History, January 2009.
  • Jim Compton Prize for Graduate work in American History, October 2007.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council funding for Doctoral study, 2007-2010.

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