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Charles V. Reed <email@example.com>
Elizabeth City State University
|Address:||CB 848, 1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Empire
Review Editor for H-Empire
Reviewer for H-Albion
Reed on Otte
|Interests:||African History / Studies
Australian and New Zealand History / Studies
Black History / Studies
British History / Studies
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies
Cultural History / Studies
European History / Studies
Labor History / Studies
South Asian History / Studies
World History / Studies
I am an Assistant Professor of History at Elizabeth City State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, and a historian of modern Britain and the British Empire. I earned my Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Maryland, College Park, where I studied with Richard Price.
My work so far has examined the development of a British-imperial culture in nineteenth-century Britain, New Zealand, India, and — above all — southern Africa. My first book, Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911 (Manchester University Press, 2015) examines the ritual space of nineteenth-century royal tours of empire and the diverse array of historical actors who participated in them. I am fascinated by the ways in which colonial subjects, particularly indigenous peoples and other people of color, made sense of the colonial encounter through idioms of “home-grown” Britishness, imperial citizenship, and human rights and by appealing to British constitutionalism and supremacy.
A native of southwestern Pennsylvania, I became fascinated with the social history of industrial Britain as an undergraduate and Master’s student. While my interests turned rapidly toward the Victorian empire, I like to think that I bring along the sensibilities of a social historian to my work on the intellectual and cultural history of the nineteenth-century British Empire.