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  • History
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Early America
  • Early-modern North Atlantic world
  • Ireland and Scotland
  • Empire and colonialism
  • Indigenous history
  • Sam Fisher researches, teaches, and writes about colonial America, early modern Britain and Ireland, and the connections between them. His work focuses on the experiences of Irish and Scottish Gaelic and American Indigenous peoples. His forthcoming book, Inclusive Empire, Exclusionary Patriots: Empire, Diversity, and Revolution in Ireland, Scotland and America (Oxford University Press), offers a new explanation of the origins of the American Revolution. The project draws on Irish- and Scots-Gaelic language and Native American sources to show how colonized peoples tried to reshape empires in their own image, and how their partial success convinced American colonists to leave the British empire. He is also co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of Irish-language poetry in historical context, Bone and Marrow/Cnámh agus Smior, with Wake Forest University Press. He is currently working on a project comparing the 1641 Irish Rebellion and King Philip’s War.

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    Selected Publications


    Inclusive Empire, Exclusionary Patriots: Empire, Diversity, and Revolution in Ireland, Scotland, and America (forthcoming from Oxford University Press, 2022)

    (Co-edited with Brian Ó Conchubhair) Bone and Marrow/Cnámh agus Smior: An Anthology of Irish Poetry, from Medieval to Modern (forthcoming from Wake Forest University Press, 2022)


    Samuel K. Fisher, “Atlantic ’45: Gaels, Indians, and the Origins of Imperial Reform in the British Atlantic,” English Historical Review 136, no. 578 (April 2021): 85-116

    Samuel Fisher, “Fit Instruments in a Howling Wilderness: Colonists, Indians, and the Origins of the American Revolution”, The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 73, No. 4 (October 2016), pp. 647-680