Linda Colley

Non-resident Long-term Fellow for Programmes in Early Modern and Modern History, SCAS.
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, moving to her present position in 2003. She is
a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, a member of the Academia
Europaea, and has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to
history. She holds seven 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), which won the Wolfson History Prize;
Captives: Britain, Empire and the World, 1600–1850
(2002); The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh:
A Woman in World Histor
y (2007), which the New York Times listed as one of the best ten books
of the year; 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.  Her next book, on which she worked during a fellowship at SCAS, The
Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World,
will be
published in spring 2021. Her work has been translated into twelve languages.

Colley 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. Previously,
she has been a member of the Board of the British Library and the Board of the Princeton University Press.
She occasionally writes for the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the Financial
Times
. Among other Fellowships and Awards, she has held a five-year Leverhulme Professorial Research
Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and a Fellowship at SCAS itself.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2020-21.