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

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

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. "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.

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. "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)

Pages

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