Peter Cooper Mancall

An expert on early American history, including the colonization and frontier periods

Vice Dean for the Humanities
Professor of History
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • colonization of North America
  • early American history
  • Native American history
  • indigenous cultures of North America
  • frontier history — western expansion of the U.S.
  • the environmental history of North America
  • nature and culture in the 16th century
  • history of the Atlantic world, 1492-1800
  • Christopher Columbus
  • Jamestown
  • the history of alcohol use

Additional Information

  • Author of Hakluyt’s Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America (2007), Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America (1995) and Valley of Opportunity: Economic Culture along the Upper Susquehanna, 1700-1800 (1991)
  • Co-author of At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America (2003)
  • Editor of Travel Narratives in the Age of Discovery (2006); Three Worlds Meet, volume one of the Encyclopedia of the United States (2002); American Eras: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860 (1999); Land of Rivers: America in Word and Image (1996); and Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640 (1995)
  • Co-editor of American Encounters: Natives and Newcomers from European Contact to Indian Removal, 1500-1850 (1999)
  • Editorial Board Member, Reviews in American History


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