Matthew Pursell

Assistant Professor
Phone: (850) 474-2684
Office: Bldg. 50, Room 143

Courses Taught

Atlantic World, Colonial America, Africans in the Atlantic World, Introduction to United States History, Revolutions in the Americas


Early Modern Atlantic World, Social and cultural history of British North America

Current Research Interests

Indentured servitude in the British mainland and Caribbean colonies


Ph.D., American Civilization, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2005; M.A., American Civilization, Brown University, 1998; M.A., History, University of Maryland at College Park, 1991; B.A., History, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 1988

Awards and Honors

  • Nominated, Teaching Excellence Award, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2009
  • Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2003
  • Aubrey Williams Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2002
  • J.M. Stuart Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, 2001/02
  • Michael Krauss Research Grant, American Historical Association, 2001
  • Early American Studies Fellowship, University of Glasgow, 2001


  • American Historical Association

Notable Articles/Publications

Review, The Biography of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua: His Passage from Slavery to Freedom," eds., Robin Law and Paul E. Lovejoy; Hispanic American Historical Review (August 2003)

Revising dissertation titled, "Changing Conceptions of Servitude in the British Atlantic, 1640 to 1780," a study of indentured servants in Colonial America