Michael A. McDonnell

Professor, The University of Sydney
BA Ottawa DPhil Oxon

After completing my BA in History and Philosophy at the University of Ottawa, in Canada, I returned to Britain to do a DPhil at Balliol College, Oxford, where I also taught briefly and served as Junior Dean. I then taught at the University of Wales, Swansea before taking up a new post in Atlantic History at the University of Sydney, in 2004.

I am currently working on several major research projects, including an exploration of comparative Indigenous experiences of empire in a Revolutionary Age (with Kate Fullagar, Macquarie University), an examination of the place of the American Revolution in Black American life (with Clare Corbould, Monash University, and W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and a study of Revolutionary War memoirs written by lower-class veterans of the conflict.

Twitter: @HstyMattersSyd

Key Publications

Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age
With Kate Fullagar

Rethinking the Age of Revolution
Editor; Oxon: Routledge.

'War Stories: Remembering and Forgetting the American Revolution'
 In Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman (Eds.), The American Revolution Reborn, (pp. 9-28), University of Pennsylvania Press.

Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War
With Clare Corbould, Frances Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage
University of Massachusetts Press

The Politics of War: Race, Class, and conflict in Revolutionary Virgina
University of North Carolina Press.

'Class War? Class Struggles During the American Revolution in Virginia'
William and Mary Quarterly, 63(2), 305-344.




Awards & Honours

Robert M. Utley Award, Western Historical Association for Masters of Empire

Michigan State History Award, The Historical Society of Michigan for Masters of Empire

Appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program

Winner, NSW Premier’s History Prize for The Politics of War: Race, Class, and Conflict in Revolutionary Virginia

“Class War?” selected for inclusion in the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Best American History Essays 2008 collection.

Winner, Lester Cappon Prize for the annual best article published in the William and Mary Quarterly for the year 2006 for “Class War?”