Linda Colley

Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University

Linda Colley holds a BA in History from Bristol University and earned her MA and Ph.D.
at the University of Cambridge. She taught at the latter institution until 1981 and then
moved to Yale University, where she became a university professor. From 1997 to 2003,
she was a research professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science,
moving to her present position in 2003. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the
Royal Society of Literature and has been made a Commander of the Order of the British
Empire for her services to history. She holds five honorary degrees.

Colley's books include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party, 1714–1760 (1982);
Namier
(1989); Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707–1837 (1992); Captives: Britain,
Empire and the World, 1600–1850
(2002); The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman
in World History
(2007); and Acts of Union and Disunion (2014). The last-mentioned
book was based on fifteen lectures she delivered on BBC Radio 4 in advance of the
Scottish independence referendum and the EU/BREXIT referendum. She has organized
major exhibitions at the British Library in London and is a member of the Research Board
of the British Museum and the Research Committee of the New York Public Library. She
occasionally writes for the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and
the Financial Times.

 At SCAS, Colley will be completing a book on war and the making of constitutions since
1750.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2017-18.