Robert Michael Morrissey
Bob Morrissey specializes in the history of early America and the Atlantic world, American frontier and borderlands history, ethnohistory, and environmental history. His first book tells the story of French colonists and Native peoples of the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes in the 17th and 18th centuries. The book is entitled, "Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in the Colonial Illinois Country, and it appears in the Early American Studies Series from University of Pennsylvania Press. His next project is entitled "The Illinois and the Edge Effect: People, Environment, and Power in the Tallgrass Prairie Borderlands." It is a study of the relationship between people and non-human nature in one of North America's most distinctive ecological and social frontiers from 1200 to 1850. It is supported by fellowships by the Illinois Center for Advanced Study and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. An article from this project entitled "Climate, Ecology, and History in North America’sTallgrass Prairie Borderlands" is forthcoming in the journal Past & Present.
In 2018-2020, Bob will be the Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, where he will lead an interdisciplinary team in programming, research, and curriculum development. In 2016-17, Bob was Helen Corley Petit Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. From 2016-2021, he is a Conrad Humanities Scholar in LAS.
Outside of his work as a professor, Bob is chapter advisor for the Evans Scholar House at Illinois. He also helps to organize the Society of Colonial Wars' Colonial America Lecture Series at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
- U.S. Colonial
- Atlantic World
- Environmental History
- Native American History
- MA, M.Phil, PhD, Yale University
- BA Carleton College, Northfield MN
Distinctions / Awards
- Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2016-2021
- Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2016-17
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2015-16
- Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, 2015
- George and Gladys Queen Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of History, University of Illinois, 2014-2015
- Lester J. Cappon Award for Best Article in William and Mary Quarterly for "Kaskaskia Social Network"
- IPRH (Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) Prize for Best Faculty Research, 2012
- History 570a: Problems in U.S. History to 1830
- History 570b: Global Environmental History
- History 170/171: U.S. History to 1877
- History 202: American Environmental History
- History 370: Colonial America
- History 371: The American Revolution
- History 200: Natives and Newcomers in Early America