About Charles Prior
I grew up on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee lands near Kingston, Ontario Canada, and was educated and taught at Queen's University (Canada), the University of Toronto, and the University of Cambridge, where I held a postdoctoral fellowship from 2004 to 2006. I am a life member of Wolfson College, Cambridge and held visiting appointments in Canada, the United States and in the UK. My work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the British Academy, and the Leverhulme Trust. With my colleague Joy Porter, I lead Treatied Spaces, a research group which has secured over £2 million in competitive funding.
I have published two books, edited collections, and a number of articles that deal with topics in early modern political thought. My most recent publication, which was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, is 'Settlers in Indian Country' (Cambridge, 2020). It foregrounds Native conceptions of sovereignty and power in order to refine the place of settler colonialism in American colonial and early republican history. I am also completing a new book project, Treaty Ground: Diplomacy and the Politics of Sovereignty in the American Northeast, that re-examines colonialism and sovereignty in early America.