Philip J. Stern

Sally Dalton Robinson Associate Professor of History

External address: 
Box 90719, History Dept, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
328 Carr Building, Durham NC 27708
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

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

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

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

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

Pages

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. "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. "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. "The History and Historiography of the English East India Company: Past, Present..and Future!." History Compass 7, no. 4 (2009). (Academic Article)

Stern, P. "Introduction: Rethinking Institutional Transformations in the Making of Modern Empire in Company South India." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 9, no. 2 (October 2008). (Academic Article)

Pages

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