Heather WellandAssistant Professor
PhD, 2011, University of Chicago
Early Modern Britain, British Empire, Atlantic World
Office: LT 703
Phone: (607) 777-4424
My research focuses on eighteenth-century Britain and its empire, though my teaching broadly covers domestic and imperial histories of Britain from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. My current book project looks at how commercial lobbyists and public interest groups shaped colonial policy and economic thought, particularly in the British Atlantic. I examine the ways in which '"interest politics" blurred the line between public and private, made economic knowledge a category of expertise, and legitimated state authority in the decades before the American Revolution. I also consider the post-revolutionary implications of these developments for empire in British North America and Ireland. In the future, I'm hoping to explore my growing interest in concepts of risk and the insurance industry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.