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Mark G. Spencer’s current research projects include a SSHRCC-supported volume on David Hume as historian (contracted with Penn State University Press) and editorship of The Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, supported by a Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence. He is the author or editor of eight published volumes, including David Hume and Eighteenth-Century America (University of Rochester Press, 2005) his monograph which was reissued in a paperback edition in 2010. That book was based on his PhD dissertation (UWO, 2001) which was awarded a Governor General’s Gold Medal and also the John Bullen Prize of the Canadian Historical Association as the best history PhD in Canada.
Much of his research involves the dissemination of ideas in the 18thC British Atlantic world. Some of this has been published in books he has edited or co-edited, including Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity (2006), Utilitarians and Their Critics in America, 1789-1914 (4 vols, 2005), and Hume’s Reception in Early America (2 vols, 2002). Related essays have appeared in The William and Mary Quarterly, Hume Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Studies, or as chapters in books such as Eighteenth-Century British Historians (2007) and New Essays on David Hume (2007). He enjoys writing for scholarly reference books (with over a hundred publications) and he reviews extensively for academic journals in several disciplines and also for the popular press. His book reviews can be found in The American Historical Review, Books in Canada, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Canadian Journal of History, Choice, Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews Online, Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography, Eighteenth-Century Scotland, Enlightenment and Dissent, History of Intellectual Culture, Hume Studies, Journal of British Studies, Journal of the Early Republic, Journal of Historical Biography, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Libraries & Culture, Material Culture, Review of Politics, Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats, Scottish Historical Review, Scottish Literary Review, Seventeenth-Century News, Tamkang Review, and the Times Literary Supplement.
He sits on the Editorial Board of Hume Studies and he is a Board member and current President of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.
Professor Spencer teaches the early U.S. survey and upper-level lecture courses and graduate seminars on the American Enlightenment and the American Revolution.