Geoffrey Plank

Geoffrey Plank


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Personal profile

Academic Background

B.A. English; Swarthmore College (1980)

J.D. Law; University of Connecticut (1984)

M.A. History; University of Wisconsin (1990)

Ph.D. History; Princeton University (1994)


Geoffrey Plank’s research examines early modern debates over conquest, settlement, warfare and slavery in the context of transatlantic imperialism.  He is interested in the ways in which the European colonization of the Americas affected ordinary lives, and he has studied a variety of groups including French- and English-speaking colonists, Scottish Highlanders, Quakers and Native Americans.  His current work explores the role of warfare in the creation of the Atlantic World.


Professor Plank came to the University of East Anglia in September 2010.  Prior to that he taught at the University of Cincinnati.

Key Research Interests

The expansion of the British Empire in the Caribbean and North America
Colonial Quakerism 
Warfare in the Atlantic World

Research supervision

Professor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas. 

Forthcoming Publications


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