Philip J. Stern

Philip J. Stern

Gilhuly Family Professor

External address: 
History Dept, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
Phone: 
(919) 668-1695

Overview

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 & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2004

  • M.Phil., Columbia University 2001

  • M.A., Columbia University 1999

  • B.A., Wesleyan University 1997

Selected Grants

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Co-Director). 2017 to 2020

Sawyer Seminar: Corporate Rights and International Law: Past, Present, and Future awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Stern, P. J. “The Corporation in History.” In The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook, 21–46, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139681025.002. Full Text

Ross, R. J., and P. J. Stern. “Reconstructing early modern notions of legal pluralism.” In Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, 109–41, 2013.

Stern, P. J. “Exploration and Empire.” In Exploration: Reassessing the West’s Encounter with the Rest, edited by Dane Kennedy. Oxford University Press, 2012.

Stern, P. J. “Governance and Regulatory Frameworks in Early Modern British Asia.” In British Atlantic and British Asia: Two Worlds or One?, edited by H. V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John Reid, 2012.

Stern, P. J. “Sovereignty.” In Princeton Companion to Atlantic History, edited by Joseph C. Miller, 2012.

Stern, P. J. “Company, state, and empire: Governance and regulatory frameworks in Asia.” In Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c. 1550-1850, 130–50, 2012. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139096744.010. Full Text

Stern, P. J. “From the Fringes of History: The Early East India Company and the Birth of the British Empire in India.” In Fringes of Empire, edited by Elizabeth Kolsky and Sameetah Agah. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Stern, P. “Exploration: Overview.” In Encyclopedia of the Modern World, edited by Peter Stearns. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Stern, P. “Exploration: Africa.” In Encyclopedia of the Modern World, edited by Peter Stearns. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Pages

Stern, P. J. “Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia.” Renaissance Studies, August 2012.

Stern, P. J. “Soldier and citizen in the seventeenth-century English East India Company.” Journal of Early Modern History 15, no. 1–2 (January 1, 2011): 83–104. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006511X552769. Full Text

Stern, Philip J. “The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820. Volume I: Letters 1768-1782.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 54, no. 1 (2011): 112–15. https://doi.org/10.1163/156852011x539590. Full Text

Stern, P. J. “Review of The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820, Volume I: Letters, 1768-1782.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 54 (2011): 112–15.

Stern, P. J. “Review of Britain’s Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-1968, by Ronald Hyam.” Comparative Journal of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and African History, August 2009.

Pages

Stern, P. J. “Atlantic Ocean and India.” Oxford University Press, 2013.

Fall 2018

Focusing Prep Port Prelim Cert (HISTORY 704S)
Class Bldg 229, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2017

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 590S)
Law School 4000, F 11:45 AM-01:35 PM
Focusing Prep Port Prelim Cert (HISTORY 704S)
Keohane 4D 201 SEM, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2017

Tudor/stuart Britain (HISTORY 269)
West Duke 08A, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

Focusing Prep Port Prelim Cert (HISTORY 704S)
Carr 229, Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2014

Rdngs Empr/colonial Encounters (HISTORY 790S-10)
Carr 242, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM