Philip J. Stern

Philip J. Stern

Sally Dalton Robinson Associate Professor of History

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


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 2019

Sawyer Seminar: Corporate Rights and International Law: Past, Present, and Future awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Ross, RJ, and Stern, PJ. "Reconstructing early modern notions of legal pluralism." In Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, 109-141. December 1, 2013.

Stern, PJ. "Company, state, and empire: Governance and regulatory frameworks in Asia." In Britain's Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c. 1550-1850, 130-150. January 1, 2012. Full Text

Stern, PJ. "Exploration and Empire." In Exploration: Reassessing the West’s Encounter with the Rest,edited by D Kennedy. Oxford University Press, 2012. (Essay)

Stern, PJ. "Governance and Regulatory Frameworks in Early Modern British Asia." In British Atlantic and British Asia: Two Worlds or One?,edited by HV Bowen, E Mancke, and J Reid. 2012. (Essay)

Stern, PJ. "Sovereignty." In Princeton Companion to Atlantic History,edited by JC Miller. 2012. (Essay)

Stern, PJ. "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 E Kolsky and S Agah. Oxford University Press, 2009.

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

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

Stern, P. "Auspico Regis et Senatus Angliae: The Political Foundations of the East India Company’s Incorporation into the British Military-Fiscal State." In War, State and Development: Fiscal-Military States in the Eighteenth Century,edited by RT Sánchez. Eunsa, 2007.

Stern, P. "Middle East and India." In Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450,edited by T Benjamin. Macmillan, Gale, Thomson, 2006.


Stern, PJ. "The Ideology of the Imperial Corporation: “Informal” Empire Revisited." Chartering Capitalism: Organizing Markets, States, and Publics (Political Power and Social Theory) 29 (2015): 15-43. Full Text

Stern, PJ. "Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia." Renaissance Studies (August 2012). (Academic Article)

Stern, PJ. "So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES 51, no. 2 (April 2012): 451-453. Full Text

Stern, PJ. "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. (Review)

Stern, PJ. "Soldier and Citizen in the Seventeenth-Century English East India Company." Journal of Early Modern History 15 (2011). (Academic Article)

Stern, PJ. "The Indian and Pacific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1768-1820, vol 1, Letters 1768-1782." JOURNAL OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE ORIENT 54 (2011): 112-115. Full Text

Stern, PJ. "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). (Review)


Stern, PJ. "Atlantic Ocean and India." (2013).

Spring 2018

Topics In History Seminar (HISTORY 590S)
Law School 4000, F 11:45 AM-01:35 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