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 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), 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 work has been translated into eleven languages. She is currently completing a book
on war, constitutions and the making of the modern world.

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. 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 2018-19.