• Philip J Stern

  • Associate Professor
  • History
  • 328 Carr Building
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: 919-668-1695
  • Specialties

    • Politics, Public Life and Governance
    • Medieval and Early Modern History
    • Legal History
    • Intellectual History
    • Global Transnational History
    • Cultural History
    • Comparative Colonial Studies
    • European and Russia
    • Global and Comparative
  • Research Description

    My work focuses on the history of Britain and the British Empire, particularly in the early modern period (loosely defined). My first book, The Company-State, is a political and intellectual history of the English East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am currently working on or planning projects related to the history of the corporation in the British Empire, eighteenth-century British overseas exploration and cartography, the historiography of British India, early modern economic thought, the history of companies and colonization, and digital and data visualization approaches to the problem of colonial sovereignty.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Columbia University,
      • 2005
      • BA,
      • Wesleyan University,
      • 1997
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • NEH/Library Company Fellow,
      • 2012-2013
      • New Directions Fellowship,
      • Mellon Foundation,
      • 2013-2017
      • JB Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography,
      • December, 2012-13
      • Elected Fellow,
      • Royal Historical Society,
      • November 2011
      • Co-Director, BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab,
      • 2011-2015
      • Morris D. Forkosch Prize for Best Book in British, British Imperial, or British Commonwealth History since 1485,
      • American Historical Association,
      • 2011
      • Franklin Humanities Institute/Mellon Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop,
      • October, 2009
  • Selected Publications

      • P. Stern.
      • The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and The Early Modern Origins of the British Empire in India.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2011.
      • [web]
      • Philip J Stern and Carl Wennerlind, eds..
      • Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2014.
      • [web]
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia."
      • Renaissance Studies
      • (August, 2012)
      • .
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "Soldier and Citizen in the Seventeenth-Century English East India Company."
      • Journal of Early Modern History
      • 15
      • (2011)
      • .
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "The History and Historiography of the English East India Company: Past, Present...and Future!."
      • History Compass
      • 7
      • .4
      • (2009)
      • .
      • P. Stern.
      • "Introduction: Rethinking Institutional Transformations in the Making of Modern Empire in Company South India."
      • Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
      • 9
      • .2
      • (Fall, 2008)
      • .
      • P. Stern.
      • "'A Politie of Civill & Military Power’: Political Thought and the Late Seventeenth-Century Foundations of the East India Company-State."
      • Journal of British Studies
      • 47
      • .2
      • (April, 2008)
      • :
      • 253-83.
      • P. Stern.
      • "Politics and Ideology in the Early East India Company-State: The Case of St. Helena, 1673-1696."
      • Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
      • 35
      • .1
      • (March, 2007)
      • :
      • 1-23.
      • P. Stern.
      • "British Asia and British Atlantic: Comparisons and Connections."
      • William and Mary Quarterly
      • 63
      • .4
      • (October, 2006)
      • :
      • 693-712.
      • Philip J Stern.
      • "Exploration and Enlightenment."
      • Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World.
      • Ed. Dane Kennedy.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2014.
      • 54-79.
      • Philip J Stern and Carl Wennerlind.
      • "Introduction."
      • Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire.
      • Ed. Philip J Stern and Carl Wennerlind.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2014.
      • Philip J Stern.
      • "Companies: Monopoly, Sovereignty, and the East Indies."
      • Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire.
      • Oxford UP,
      • 2014.
      • Richard Ross and Philip J Stern.
      • "Early Modern and Modern Notions of Legal Pluralism."
      • Legal Pluralism and Empire.
      • Ed. Lauren Benton and Richard Ross.
      • NYU Press,
      • 2013.
      • Philip J Stern.
      • "Bundles of Hyphens: Corporations as Legal Communities in the Early Modern British Empire."
      • Legal Pluralism and Empire.
      • Ed. Lauren Benton and Richard Ross.
      • NYU Press,
      • 2013.
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "Bundles of Hyphens: Corporations as Legal Communities in the Early Modern British Empire."
      • Legal Pluralism and Empire.
      • Ed. Lauren Benton and Richard Ross.
      • NYU,
      • forthcoming, 2013.
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "From the Fringes of History: The Early East India Company and the Birth of the British Empire in India."
      • Fringes of Empire.
      • Ed. Elizabeth Kolsky and Sameetah Agah.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2009.
      • P. Stern.
      • "Auspico Regis et Senatus Angliae: The Political Foundations of the East India Company’s Incorporation into the British Military-Fiscal State."
      • War, State and Development: Fiscal-Military States in the Eighteenth Century.
      • Ed. Rafael Torres Sánchez.
      • Pamplona:
      • Eunsa,
      • 2007.
      • P.J. Stern.
      • "“Governance and Regulatory Frameworks in Early Modern British Asia"."
      • British Atlantic and British Asia: Two Worlds or One?.
      • Ed. HV Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John Reid.
      • 2012.
      Publication Description

      In production.

      • P. Stern.
      • "'Rescuing the Age from a Charge of Ignorance': Gentility, Knowledge, and the British Exploration of Africa in the Later Eighteenth Century."
      • A New Imperial History: Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660-1840.
      • Ed. Kathleen Wilson.
      • Cambridge University Press,
      • 2004.
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  • Teaching

    • HISTORY 790S-10.01
      • RDNGS EMPR/COLONIAL ENCOUNTERS
      • Carr 242
      • Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
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