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Dr Marc-William Palen

Lecturer in British Imperial History


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Telephone: 01392 725528

Office Hours: Thursday, 2:30-3:30; Friday, 1-2

I am a lecturer in imperial history at the University of Exeter. I specialise in the intersection of British and American imperialism within the broader history of globalisation since c. 1800. I am particularly interested in comparing and contrasting the British and American Empires from the mid nineteenth century and, more broadly, in exploring how political economy and ideology have shaped global imperial expansion.

I have previously taught history at Tufts University in Boston and have been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Studies Centre, University of Sydney, where I am now a Research Associate in U.S. Foreign Policy. I have also held a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale's International Security Studies, and have been awarded the 2013-14 W. A. Williams Junior Faculty Research Award by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Samuels Young Scholars Award by the History of Economics Society.

I believe that connecting the past with the present is an essential part of a historian's craft. Correspondingly, my commentary on historical and contemporary global affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Australian, the Globalist Magazine, the History News Network, History & Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus, Common Dreams, Not Even Past, and the ABC, among others. I am also the editor of the Imperial & Global Forum, the blog of the Centre for Imperial & Global History. You can follow me on Twitter @MWPalen

Journal Articles

"Adam Smith as Advocate of Empire, c. 1870-1932," Historical Journal 57 (March 2014): 179-198. 

“Foreign Relations in the Gilded Age:  A British Free-Trade Conspiracy?” Diplomatic History 37: 2 (April 2013): 217-247.

 “The Civil War’s Forgotten Transatlantic Tariff Debate and the Confederacy’s Free Trade Diplomacy,” Journal of the Civil War Era 3: 1 (March 2013): 35-61.

“A Canadian Yankee in King Cotton’s Court,” Civil War History 18: 2 (June 2012): 224-261.

“Protection, Federation and Union:  The Global Impact of the McKinley Tariff upon the British Empire, 1890-94,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 38: 3 (Sept. 2010):  395-418.