Ethan Bennett

Graduate Student in History
Status: Post-Qualification, ABD

Selected Publications

American Centuries: The Ideas, Issues, and Values that Made U.S. History, 5 vols. New York: Facts On File, 2011. Contributing author.

The Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History Volume I, 1500-1783. Edited by Andrew Robertson. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2010.  Contributing author.

“Fidelity and Zeal: The Earl of Sandwich, Naval Intelligence, and the Salvation of Britain, 1763-1779.” The Historian. 70.4 (December 2008), 669-96.


Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Research & Dissertation

I am interested in issues of state building and political culture in the early American republic. My research focus is on the Upper Mississippi and Missouri River valleys in the first half of the nineteenth century as the issues of sovereignty, daily government, and political organization played out among the diverse Euro-American and Native American groups fighting for regional dominance.  My dissertation, “‘But I Am Now Like a Squaw’: Diplomatic Encounters and the Definition of Political Authority in Upper Louisiana During the Early Republic,” focuses on the issues of governance within the larger context of continental expansion.  I resituate the spaces of militarized contact, forts and Indian council sites, as the loci of group identity formation and struggles over territorial governance to examine the role of the frontier transition from the early republic to the antebellum eras.

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