Department of History and the College
Matthew Kruer’s research explores the intersection between Native American power and colonial violence in early modern North America, with a focus on the ways that small and seemingly marginal indigenous groups can exert disproportionate influence on colonial politics. His book, The Time of Anarchy: Colonial Rebellions and the Wars of the Susquehannocks, 1675–1685 (under contract with Harvard University Press), examines a tumultuous decade during which colonists in Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina rebelled against their rulers, insurrections that were closely connected with a spasm of wars among indigenous nations ranging from the Great Lakes to the Deep South.
His broader research interests include the history of indigenous North America and the Caribbean, popular politics and violence, the construction of racial and ethnic identities, the role of conspiracy theory in American culture, and the history of emotions. He recently published an article in William and Mary Quarterly, exploring the ways that fear and grief tied together English and Indian societies.
Kruer received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His doctoral dissertation, “‘Our Time of Anarchy’: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Wars of the Susquehannocks,” was awarded the 2016 Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians.