Peter Cooper Mancall

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

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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