Philip J. Stern
Gilhuly Family Professor
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.
NEH/Library Company Fellow. Unknown. December 2013
New Directions Fellowship. Mellon Foundation. December 2013
Elected Fellow. Royal Historical Society. November 2011
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., and M. R. Hunt, eds. The English East India Company at the Height of Mughal Expansion A Soldier's Diary of the 1689 Siege of Bombay, with Related Documents. Bedford/St Martins, 2015.
Stern, Philip J., and Carl Wennerlind, eds. Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire, 2013.
Stern, P. J. “Review, Bibliography of the East India Company: Books, Pamphlets, and Other Materials Printed Between 1600 and 1785 by Catherine Pickett.” H Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 2013.
Stern, P. J. “Review of So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism by James Fichter.” Journal of British Studies, April 2012.
Stern, Philip J. “Neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth: Early Modern Empire and Global History.” Huntington Library Quarterly, March 2009. https://doi.org/10.1525/hlq.2009.72.1.113. Full Text
Stern, P. J. “Limited Liabilities: The corporation and the political economy of protection in the british empire.” In Protection and Empire: A Global History, 114–31, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108283595.007. 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. “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. “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. “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.
Stern, P. J. “Parasites, Persons, and Princes: Evolutionary Biology of the Corporate Constitution.” Itinerario 39, no. 3 (January 18, 2016): 512–25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0165115315000959. Full Text
Stern, Philip J. “The Ideology of the Imperial Corporation: “Informal” Empire Revisited,” August 10, 2015, 15–43. https://doi.org/10.1108/s0198-871920150000029002. Full Text
Stern, P. J. “Corporate Virtue: The Languages of Empire in Early Modern British Asia.” Renaissance Studies, August 2012.
Stern, Philip J. “James R. Fichter. So Great a Proffit: How the East Indies Trade Transformed Anglo-American Capitalism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. Pp. 400. $35.00 (cloth)..” Journal of British Studies 51, no. 2 (April 2012): 451–53. https://doi.org/10.1086/663801. 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. “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 Domination of Strangers: Modern Governance in Eastern India, 1780-1835 by Jon Wilson.” Reviews in History, September 2009.
Stern, P. J. “Review of Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, by Susan Dwyer Amussen.” Social History, August 2009.
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.