Meet the Omohundro Institute Fellows
Rick Atkinson is researching the first volume of a projected trilogy about the American Revolution and will use his time in the archives to look at the role of King George III in military decisions, specifically those relating to espionage and expeditionary warfare, starting in early 1775 and carrying through the Battle of Princeton in 1777.
Rachel Banke will research the 3rd Earl of Bute and his correspondence with King George III regarding political economy and the American colonies.
Andrew Beaumont will continue research for his book project, “Frederick & George, The First Minister and his King, 1771–1783.” He will attempt to ascertain how Frederick (Lord North) managed to retain the support of George III throughout both the escalating imperial crisis and the subsequent war with Britain’s former American colonies.
Cynthia A. Kierner is working on a book tentatively titled “Inventing Disaster: the Culture of Calamity from Jamestown to Johnstown.” The project traces the origins of how government, corporations, media, clergy, philanthropic groups and the general public imagine disaster and appropriate responses to it and looks closely at how these entities acted and interacted in an Atlantic and British imperial context over the course of the long eighteenth century.
Daniel Robinson is completing research for his Ph.D., “European Geopolitics and British Foreign Policy in the Politics and Culture of the Thirteen Colonies, c. 1713–1776,” and will look at the contact between King George III and his Hanoverian courtiers and other continental European figures.
Suzanne Schwarz is working on a monograph as well as a journal article and will research George III’s views on the development of Sierra Leone as Britain’s first significant Crown Colony in West Africa in the first decade of the nineteenth century, and in particular the emergence of the colony as a post-slavery society.
Peter Walker is completing research for his Ph.D., “The Church Militant: The American Émigré Clergy and the Making of the British Counterrevolution, 1763–92,” and will examine loyalist missionaries’ role in the American Revolution and their subsequent experience as refugees and émigrés.
James Ambuske researched the British American imperial crisis.
“As a historian of Revolutionary America writing about Scottish emigration to the colonies amidst an empire in crisis, I never expected that I would one day have access to George III’s original letters, those of his family, and the papers of his most trusted ministers. The evidence that I collected in the Royal Archives and Library has added significant value to my dissertation, and I now have wonderful material that will serve as the basis for future projects. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to dig through the archives and excited to see how future scholars will use this wonderful collection to transform our understanding of the Georgian era.”—Jim Ambuske
Vincent Carretta explored the relationships between the Georgian court and early authors of African descent.
“I discovered in the Royal Archives a 1752 manuscript letter from an African slave trader to the president of the Board of Trade; a presentation copy in the Royal Library of a book by an African-British author that he gave to the Prince of Wales in 1787; and in the Print Room the only known visual representation of that same author. I am delighted to have been one of the first participants in the digitization project that will soon make these resources available to scholars worldwide.”—Vincent Carretta