Paul P. Musselwhite

Assistant Professor of History

Paul Musselwhite is a historian of early America with a particular focus on the political economy of early plantation societies in North America and the Caribbean. He received a B.A. in Modern History from Lady Margaret Hall in the University of Oxford, and a PhD from the College of William and Mary. At Dartmouth he offers a range of courses that focus on the emergence of European empires in the Atlantic world, the construction of colonial societies in the seventeenth century, and the evolution of political and economic thought in British America.

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310 Carson Hall
HB 6107


  • B.A. University of Oxford
  • Ph.D. College of William and Mary

Selected Publications

  • "Annapolis Aflame: Richard Clarke’s Conspiracy and the Imperial Urban Vision in Maryland, 1704–8," William and Mary Quarterly 3d ser., 71, no. 3 (July 2014): 361-400.

  • “‘Like a Wild Desart’: Building a Contested Urban Sensescape in the Atlantic World” in Robert Beck, Ulrike Krampl, and Emmanuelle Retaillaud-Bajac, eds., Les Cinq Sens de la Ville: Du Moyen Âge à Nos Jours (Tours: Presses Universitaires François-Rabelais, 2013).

  • “‘What town’s this Boy?’ English Civic Politics, Virginia’s Urban Debate, and Aphra Behn’s The Widow Ranter,” Atlantic Studies 8.3 (September 2011): 279-99.  

  • Empires of the Senses: Sensory Practices of Colonialism in Early America – co-edited with Daniela Hacke (Brill, 2017)

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Works In Progress

  • Urban Dreams, Rural Commonwealth: The Rise of Plantation Society in the Chesapeake (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)

  • Plantation: From Public Project to Private Enterprise