Mark G. Spencer

Professor

Office: GLA 235
905 688 5550 x3506
mspencer@brocku.ca

Mark Spencer’s scholarship centers on the history of ideas in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world. Prominent among his current projects is work on David Hume (1711-76) as historian and a SSHRC-funded study of John Beale Bordley (1727-1804), an enlightened American “Founding Father” of Maryland and Pennsylvania. An early part of Bordley’s story—Spencer’s recovery of the contexts of Bordley’s first pamphlet, Necessaries (1776)—has been published by the American Philosophical Society.

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSAScot), Spencer has held a Brock University Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence. Editorial board member of Hume Studies, Enlightenment & Dissent, and Adam Matthew Digital, he has also served on the Executive Committee of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (including as President), and is a founding Trustee for the Robert T. and Moira Sansom Ideas Foundation.

Professor Spencer has authored, edited, or co-edited 20+ volumes. His first monograph, David Hume and Eighteenth-Century America (2005, reprinted 2010), was based on his award-winning PhD (2001) dissertation—it received a Governor General’s Gold Medal (The University of Western Ontario) and The John Bullen Prize of the Canadian Historical Association. Before publishing his second monograph, John Beale Bordley’s ‘Necessaries’: An American Enlightenment Pamphlet in its Historical Contexts (2020), Spencer was editor-in-chief for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (2 vols, 2015). That project, ten years in the making and with 370 contributors, has been released by Oxford University Press in its Online Reference Library.

His other edited and co-edited volumes include David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer (2013), Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity [with David A. Wilson] (2006), Utilitarians and Their Critics in America, 1789-1914 [with James E. Crimmins] (4 vols, 2005), and a two-volume reader on Hume’s reception in early America (2002)—the latter, revised and expanded, was reissued as Hume’s Reception in Early America: Expanded Edition (2017).

For Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, he has introduced volumes of writings by Adam Smith (2012), Karl Marx (2013), John Locke (2014), John Stuart Mill (2016), and John Maynard Keynes (2017).

Several of those have also been released as audiobooks produced by Ukemi Productions for Audible. So too have original contributions, such as his Alexander Hamilton: America’s Founding Father of Finance (2020).

Some of Spencer’s 40+ essays have been published by The William and Mary Quarterly; The Scottish Historical Review; Hume StudiesEnlightenment & Dissent; Eighteenth-Century Studies; and Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. Recent book chapters include “Jonathan Edwards and the Historiography of the American Enlightenment” (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020); “Hume, The Historian” (Routledge, 2019); “Several Contexts of the Scottish Enlightenment” [co-authored with Roger L. Emerson] (Cambridge UP, 2019); “The Composition, Reception, and Early Influence of Hume’s Essays and Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals” (Yale UP, 2018); “The Paradoxes of Edmund Burke’s Reception in America, 1757-1790” (Bloomsbury, 2017); and “Enlightenment in Scotland and America” (Oxford UP, 2015). As well, he has published 350+ short pieces, many in reference books like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Spencer quite enjoys reviewing books. He does so for academic journals in several disciplines and his reviews feature regularly in The Times Literary Supplement and The Wall Street Journal.

External funding for Professor Spencer’s work has been provided by SSHRC (multiple awards); McGill University Library; the University of Helsinki; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the Hume Society; Harvard University; the American Antiquarian Society; the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies; and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, through a Robert T. Jones, Jr, Chevening Scholarship, among others.

\Books:

Monographs:

John Beale Bordley’s ‘Necessaries’: An American Enlightenment Pamphlet in its Historical Contexts (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2020)

David Hume and Eighteenth-Century America (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press / Woodbridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2005; reprinted 2010)

Edited books:

Hume’s Reception in Early America: Expanded Edition (New York, 2017)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, 2 vols (New York and London, 2015)

David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013)

Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity [with David A. Wilson] (Dublin, 2006)

Utilitarians and Their Critics in America, 1789-1914, 4 vols [with James E. Crimmins] (Bristol and London, 2005)

Hume’s Reception in Early America, 2 vols (Bristol, UK; originally distributed in North America by The University of Chicago Press, 2002)

Editions for Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (gen. ed. Tom Griffith):

John Maynard Keynes: ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money’ and ‘The Economic Consequences of the Peace’ (2017)

John Stuart Mill: ‘On Liberty,’ ‘Utilitarianism’ and Other Works (2016)

John Locke: ‘An Essay concerning Human Understanding’ with the ‘Second Treatise of Government’ (2014)

Karl Marx: ‘Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production’: Volumes 1 and 2 (2013)

Adam Smith: ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations’ (2012)

Introductions for Ukemi Audiobooks (produced by Nicolas Soames):

William Godwin: An Enquiry concerning Political Justice (2020)

Alexander Hamilton: America’s Founding Father of Finance. His Original Reports on Public Credit, A National Bank, and Manufactures (2020)

Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations (2020)

Proclus: The Elements of Theology (2018) M. Keynes: The Economic Consequences of the Peace (2018) M. Keynes: The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (2018)

John Locke: Essay concerning Human Understanding (2018)

Selected articles and chapters:

“Jonathan Edwards and the Historiography of the American Enlightenment,” in Daniel N. Gullotta and John T. Lowe, eds. Jonathan Edwards within the Enlightenment: Controversy, Experience, and Thought (The Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University / Göttingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020), 21-40.

“Was David Hume, the Historian, a Plagiarist? A Submission from His History of England,” CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, Vol. 47, Issue 1 (2019), 25-50.

“Hume, The Historian,” for Angela M. Coventry and Alexander Sager, eds. The Humean Mind, Routledge Philosophy Minds Series (New York: Routledge, 2019), 287-99.

“Several Contexts of the Scottish Enlightenment,” [co-authored with Roger L. Emerson], in Alexander Broadie and Craig Smith, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Scottish Enlightenment, second edition (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 9-32.

“David Hume’s ‘A Character of Sir Robert Walpole’: Humean Factional Fears, the ‘Rage against the Scots’, and Future Historians,” [co-authored with Marc Hanvelt], The Scottish Historical Review, Vol. 98, Supplementary Issue (October 2019), 361-89.

“The Composition, Reception, and Early Influence of Hume’s Essays and Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals,” in Angela Coventry and Andrew Valls, eds. David Hume on Morals, Politics, and Society, Rethinking the Western Tradition (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018), 241-64.

“Placing Hume in the Enlightenment: ‘Ambassador from the Dominions of Learning to those of Conversation’,” Enlightenment and Dissent 31 (2016 [published Spring 2017]), 82-101.

“ ‘Distant and Commonly Faint and Disfigured Originals’: Hume’s Magna Charta and Sabl’s Fundamental Constitutional Conventions,” Hume Studies 41, no. 1 (April 2015 [published 2017]), 73-80.

“The Paradoxes of Edmund Burke’s Reception in America, 1757-1790,” in Martin Fitzpatrick and Peter Jones, eds. The Reception of Edmund Burke in Europe, The Athlone Critical Traditions Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 39-54.

with Adam Nadeau, “CO 5 as lived experience: The Boston Tea Party and the everyday life of fear and uncertainty in the era of the American Revolution,” Colonial America. 2017. (Adam Matthew Digital, Marlborough, UK) [An essay to accompany the release of “The American Revolution,” Module 3 of Colonial America, digital archive of documents from Colonial Office (CO 5), 1606-1822, The National Archives, UK] Accessed September 8, 2017. http://www.colonialamerica.amdigital.co.uk/Explore/Essays/Spencer

“ ‘Free Trade and Free Thought’: J.M. Keynes and the Safeguarding of Individualism,” in John Maynard Keynes: ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money’ and ‘The Economic Consequences of the Peace’, Wordsworth Classics of World Literature (Ware, Hertfordshire, 2017), vii-xxxviii.

“The Paradoxes of Edmund Burke’s Reception in America, 1757-1790,” in Martin Fitzpatrick and Peter Jones, eds. The Reception of Edmund Burke in Europe, The Athlone Critical Traditions Series: The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 39-54.

“Revolutionary Friends, Fathers, and Feelings,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49, no. 3 (2016), 415-20.

with Roger L. Emerson, “A Bibliography for Hume’s History of England: A Preliminary View,” Hume Studies 40, no. 1 (Apr. 2014 [published Feb. 2016]), 53-71.

“John Stuart Mill, Enlightened Reformer: Selected Writings from the 1860s,” in John Stuart Mill: ‘On Liberty,’ ‘Utilitarianism’ and Other Works (Hertfordshire, UK: Wordsworth Editions Limited, 2016), vii-xxxvi.

“Enlightenment in Scotland and America,” in Jean-François Dunyach and Ann Thomson, eds. The Enlightenment in Scotland: National and International Perspectives, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University Press, 2015), 181-203.

“Benjamin Franklin, the Ends of Empire, and the American Revolution,” Enlightenment and Dissent 30 (2015), 99-109.

“Introduction,” in Spencer, ed. The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, 2 vols (New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), 1:xxxi-xxxvi.

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment (New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), ed. Mark G. Spencer; 14 essays: “Aitken, Robert (1735-1802),” 1:33-4; “Benbridge, Henry (1743-1812) [co-authored with Angela D. Mack],” 1:133-5; “Bordley, John Beale (1727-1804),” 1:157-60; “Bowditch, Nathaniel (1773-1838),” 1:164-5; “Campbell, Robert (1769-1800),” 1:189; “Dallas, Alexander James (1759-1817),” 1:313-5; “Marshall, Humphry (1722-1801),” 2:689-91; “Physick, Philip Syng (1768-1837),” 2:810-11; “Silliman, Benjamin, Sr. (1779-1864),” 2:963-6; “Smith, William (1727-1803) [co-authored with M.A. Stewart],” 2:980-83; “Syng, Philip, Jr. (1703-1789),” 2:1013-4; “Vaughan, John (1756-1841) [co-authored with Roy E. Goodman],” 2:1070-71; “Waterhouse, Benjamin (1754-1846),” 2:1088-9; “Williamson, Hugh (1735-1819),” 2:1104-7.

“John Locke and His World,” in John Locke: ‘Essay concerning Human Understanding’ with the ‘Second Treatise of Government’ (Hertfordshire, UK: Wordsworth Editions, 2014), ix-xxvii.

The Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Early American Republic, 1783-1812: A Political, Social, and Military History, 3 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2014), ed. Spencer C. Tucker; 6 essays [5 reprinted]: “West, Benjamin (1738-1820),” 2:737-738; “Dickinson, John (1732-1808),” 1:171-2; “Smith, Adam (1723-90),” 2:620-621; “Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814),” 2:720-1 [all reprinted from Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History, see “2007” entry below]; “Stuart, Gilbert (1755-1828),” 2:641-2; “Webster, Noah (1758-1843),” 2:735-6. [reprinted from Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History]

“Hume as Historian,” in Spencer, ed. David Hume: Historical Thinker, Historical Writer (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013), 1-12.

“Hume and Madison on Faction,” in Knud Haakonssen and Richard Whatmore, eds. David Hume, International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Group, 2013), 93-120 [reprint of “Hume and Madison on Faction,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 2002]

“Introduction,” in Karl Marx: ‘Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production’: Volumes 1 and 2 (Hertfordshire, UK: Wordsworth Editions, 2013), xi-xxxi.

American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection, 6 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2013), ed. Spencer C. Tucker; 2 essays: “Constitutional Union Party,” 1:425; “Gilmer, John Adams (1805-1869),” 2:777.

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd edition (Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2013), ed. Patrick Mason; 1 essay: “Enlightenment,” 109-15.

“Adam Smith and the Wealth of Nations,” in Adam Smith: ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations’ (Hertfordshire, UK: Wordsworth Editions, 2012), xi-xxxiv.

Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2012), eds. Spencer C. Tucker, et al.; 2 essays: “Stuart, Gilbert (1755-1828),” 689-90; “Webster, Noah (1758-1843),” 758.

Encyclopedia of Water Politics and Policy in the United States (Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011), eds. Steven L. Danver and John R. Burch, Jr.; 1 essay: “General Survey Act of 1824,” 281-2.

World History Encyclopedia, 21 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2011), gen. ed. Fred Nadis; 1 essay: “John Locke and Enlightenment Political Thought,” 12:433 [invited reprint (with revisions) of my essay on John Locke in the Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History, see “2007” entry below].

“Plus ça change? Education in the Enlightenment and Now,” Academic Matters: The Journal of Higher Education (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations), (posted on-line December 2010) http://www.academicmatters.ca/current_issue.article.gk?catalog_item_id=4521&category=/web_exclusive/review_essays/current/OCT2010

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio Solutions, 2010), website database; 1 essay: “Stuart, Gilbert (1755-1828)” [reissued from United States at War, see “2005” entry below].

American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History, 3 vols (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2009), ed. Gina Misiroglu; 2 essays: “Alison, Francis (1705-1779),” 1:23-24; “Backus, Isaac (1724-1806),” 1:54-55.

Encyclopedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World, 3 vols (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2008), ed. Junius Rodrigues; 5 essays: “Beattie, James (1735-1803),” 1:62-3; “Blackstone, Sir William (1723-1780),” 1:76-7; “Fox, Charles James (1749-1806),” 1:214-5; “Mill, John Stuart (1806-1873),” 2:374-5; “Montesquieu, Charles-Louis Secondate, Baron de (1689-1755),” 2:378-9.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 9 vols (2nd edition, Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008), ed. William A. Darity, Jr.; 2 essays: “Madison, James (1751-1836),” 4:547-8; “Voltaire (1694-1778),” 8:634-6.

Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, History, 3 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2008), eds. James P. Byrne, Philip Coleman, and Jason King; 3 essays: “Brown, Alexander (1764-1834),” 1:127-8; “Henry, John (1746-1794),” 2:410-11; “McNutt, Alexander (1725-1811),” 2:583-4.

Research and Discovery: Landmarks and Pioneers in American Science, 3 vols (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe, 2008), ed. Russell Lawson; 6 essays: “Almanacs,” 2:579; “Douglass, William (1681-1752),” 2:319-20; “Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790), 1:27-8; “Hamilton, Dr. Alexander (1712-1756), 2:331-2; “Poor Richard’s Almanack,” 2:608-10; “Rittenhouse, David (1732-1796),” 3:662-3.

“Hume’s Reception in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” in Emilio Mazza and Emanuele Ronchetti, eds. New Essays on David Hume (Milano, Italy: FrancoAngeli, 2007), 287-308.

“Daniel Defoe,” in Ellen J. Jenkins, ed. Eighteenth-Century British Historians, volume 336 in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007), 82-94.

Encyclopedia of the Age of Political Revolutions and New Ideologies, 1760-1815, 2 vols (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007), ed. Gregory Fremont-Barnes; 1 essay: “American Revolution (1775-1783),” 1:20-7.

Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War: A Political, Social, and Military History, 4 vols (Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-Clio, 2007), eds. Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard A. Ryerson; 15 essays: “Blackstone, Sir William (1723-1780),” 1:102; “Burke, Edmund (1729-1797),” 1:163-4; “Dickinson, John (1732-1808),” 1:345-7; “Hume, David (1711-1776),” 2:624; “Locke, John (1632-1704),” 2:726-8; “Macaulay (-Graham), Catherine Sawbridge (1731-1791),” 3:751; “McKinly, John (1721-1796),” 3:786-7;  “Price, Dr. Richard (1723-1791),” 3:1011; “Priestly, Dr. Joseph (1733-1804),” 3:1012; “Ramsay, Allan (1713-1784),” 3:1055; “Rittenhouse, David (1732-1796),” 3:1082; “Secondat, Charles-Louis de, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755),” 4:1139-40; “Smith, Adam (1723-1790),” 4:1165-6; “Smith, William (1727-1803),” 4:1167-8; “Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814),” 4:1320-1.

Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia, 5 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2007), eds. Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard A. Ryerson; 8 essays reprinted from the volume listed directly above: “Burke, Edmund (1729-1797),” 1:226-8; “Dickinson, John (1732-1808),” 1:508-11; “Hume, David (1711-1776),” 2:921; “Locke, John (1632-1704),” 2:1060-1; “Priestly, Dr. Joseph (1733-1804),” 3:1483; Secondat, Charles-Louis de, Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755),” 3:1678; “Smith, Adam (1723-1790),” 4:1722; “Warren, Mercy Otis (1728-1814),” 4:1959-60.

“ ‘Stupid Irish teagues’ and the Encouragement of Enlightenment: Ulster Presbyterian Students of Moral Philosophy in Glasgow,” in Wilson and Spencer, eds. Ulster Presbyterians in the Atlantic World: Religion, Politics and Identity (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), 50-61.

The Encyclopedia of African American History: From the Colonial Period through the Age of Frederick Douglass, 1619-1895, 3 vols (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), ed. Paul Finkelman; 1 essay: “American Revolution, Memory of,” 1:66-7. 

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450, 3 vols (Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006), ed. Thomas Benjamin; 1 essay: “Enlightenment Thought,” 1:447-52.

Encyclopedia of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2006), ed. Gregory Fremont-Barnes; 6 essays: “Bentham, Jeremy, (1748-1832),” 1:132-3; “Cornwallis, William (1744-1819),” 1:269; “Fox, Charles James (1749-1806),” 1:360; “Graham, Thomas (1748-1843),” 2:420-1; “Malta, Operations on (1798-1800),” 2:602-3; “Melville, Henry Dundas, First Viscount (1742-1811),” 2:628-9.

The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2005), ed. Peter Eisenstadt; 14 essays: “Abercromby, James (1706-1781),” 1-2; “Amherst, Jeffrey (1717-1797),” 78; “Armstrong, John Jr. (1758-1843),” 119; “Boston Post Road,” 198; “Bradford, William (1663-1742),” 203; “Burgoyne, John (1723-1792),” 241-242; “DeLancey, James (1701-1760),” 445; “DeLancey, Oliver (1718-1785),” 445; “Democratic-Republican Societies,” 445; “Duer, William (1743-1799),” 474; “Gates, Horatio (1727-1806),” 624; “Livingston, Philip (1716-1778),” 912; “Montgomery, Richard (1738-1775),” 1003; “Smith, William Jr. (1728-1793),” 1427.

The Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right, 2 vols (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005), ed. Rodney P. Carlisle; 1 essay: “Hobbes, Thomas (1588-1679),” 1:217-8.

United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society (Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-Clio, 2005), website database; 1 essay: “Stuart, Gilbert (1755-1828).”

Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, 2 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2004), eds. Jack Blocker, David M. Fahey, and Ian R. Tyrrell; 1 essay: “The Whiskey Rebellion,” 2:648-50. 

Biographical Dictionary of British Economists, 2 vols (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2004), ed. Morgen Witzel; 1 essay: “Dugald Stewart (1753-1828),” 2:1165-6. 

Dictionary of Irish Philosophers (Bristol, UK: Thoemmes Press, 2004), ed. Thomas Duddy; 2 essays: “Haliday, Samuel (1685-1739),” 146-7; “Kirkpatrick, James (c.1676-1743),” 179-80.

Conspiracy Theories in American History, 2 vols (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2004), ed. Peter Knight; 2 essays: “Democratic-Republican Societies,” 1:220-2; “Hamilton, Alexander (1757-1804),” 1:296-7.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press in association with The British Academy, 2004), eds. H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison; 1 essay: “Povey, Charles (1652-1743),” 45:65-7.

“Another ‘Curious Legend’ about Hume’s An Abstract of a Treatise of Human Nature,” Hume Studies 29 (April 2003), 89-98.

“Did Shays’ Rebellion influence the adoption of the Constitution?” in Keith Krawczynski, ed. History in Dispute: Volume 12, The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (New York: St. James Press, 2003), 285-92.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, 4 vols (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), ed. Alan Charles Kors; 1 essay: “Almanacs and Yearbooks,” 1:40-1.

Reader’s Guide to British History, 2 vols (London and Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2003), ed. David Loades; 5 essays: “Butler, Joseph (1692-1752),” 1:206-7; “Malthus, Robert (1766-1834),” 2:846-7; “Publishing: Periodical Press and Critical Reviews (18th and 19th centuries),” 2:1030-2; “Stillingfleet, Edward (1635-1699),” 2:1237-8; “Telford, Thomas (1757-1834),” 2:1260-1.

“Hume and Madison on Faction,” The William and Mary Quarterly, ser. 3, 59 (October 2002), 869-96.

“Pursuing Pamela, 1740-1750,” Eighteenth-Century Life 26 (Spring 2002), 96-100.

“Locke and Eighteenth-Century British Philosophy: Recent Tools and Resources,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 34 (Summer 2001), 642-5.

“Benjamin Franklin and David Hume: Compliments of ‘Gold and Wisdom’,” The Franklin Gazette 11 (Spring 2001), 4-6.

“The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion: Hume’s Response to the Dogmatic and Intolerant,” The Western Journal of Graduate Research 9 (2000), 1-19.

Book reviews:

(grouped by year of publication; commissioned reviews [marked *] listed first, followed by other invited reviews in scholarly journals, arranged alphabetically by author or editor’s surname)

2020

*“The Boston Tinderbox” [review of Nina Sankovitch, American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2020)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, 27 April 2020, A13. [Also published online as “‘American Rebels’ Review: The Boston Tinderbox.”]

*“Certain Inalienable Wrongs: Problems caused by the creation of America” [review of Matthew Lockwood, To begin the World Over Again: How the American Revolution devastated the globe (Yale UP, 2019)], The Times Literary Supplement, Friday, 21 February 2020, 7.

Berry, Christopher J. The Idea of Commercial Society in the Scottish Enlightenment (Edinburgh UP, 2013), 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Vol. 25 (2020), 255-7.

Bushman, Richard Lyman. The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History (Yale UP, 2018), Material Culture, Vol. 52, Issue 1 (Spring 2020), 65-8.

Esbeck, Carl H. and Jonathan J. Den Hartog, eds. Disestablishment and Religion Dissent: church-state relations in the new American states, 1776-1833 (Missouri, 2019), Choice [57-3762], Vol. 57, Issue 11 (July 2020).

Israel, Jonathan. Democratic Enlightenment: Philosophy, Revolution, and Human Rights (Oxford UP, 2011), 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Vol. 25 (2020), 263-5.

Senchyne, Jonathan. The Intimacy of Paper in early and nineteenth-century American literature (Massachusetts, 2019), Choice, Vol. 58, Issue 1 (September 2020).

Waldmann, Felix. ed. Further Letters of David Hume (Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 2014), 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, Vol. 25 (2020), 276-7.

Washington, George. The papers of George Washington: 1 April-21 September 1796, Presidential series, v. 20, ed. by David R. Hoth and William M. Ferraro (Virginia, 2019), Choice [57-3448], Vol. 57, Issue 10 (June 2020).

2019

*“History as Enchantment” [review of Rick Atkinson, ‘The British Are Coming’: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, Volume One of The Revolution Trilogy (Henry Holt, 2019)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, 3 July 2019. [Also published online as “‘The British Are Coming’ Review: History as Enchantment.”]

Brückner, Martin. The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 (U of North Carolina P, 2017), Material Culture, Vol. 51, Issue 2 (Fall 2019), 54-6.

Compagnon, Antoine. A Summer with Montaigne, trans. Tina Kover (Europa, 2019), Library Journal, Vol. 144, Issue 4.

Feltham, Oliver. Destroy and Liberate: political action on the basis of Hume (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), Choice [57-1456], Vol. 57, Issue 4 (December 2019).

Garrett, Aaron and James A. Harris, eds. Scottish Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century: Volume I: Morals, Politics, Art, Religion (Oxford UP, 2015), Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment, Vol. 1, No. 2 (fall 2019), 28-32.

Griffin, Patrick. The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (Yale UP, 2017), The Journal of American History, Vol. 106, Issue 3 (December 2019), 740-1.

Radcliffe, Elizabeth. Hume, passion, and action (OUP, 2018), Choice [56-3548], Vol. 56, Issue 9 (May 2019).

Saxine, Ian. Properties of Empire: Indians, Colonists, and Land Speculators on the New England Frontier (NYU Press, 2019), Choice [57-0291], Vol. 57, Issue 1 (September 2019).

Thomas, Richard Gough, William Godwin: a political life (Pluto, 2019), Choice [57-0301], Vol. 57, Issue 1 (September 2019).

2018

*“Patriots of Vermont” [review of Christopher S. Wren, Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution (Simon & Schuster, 2018)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, 11 December 2018, A15. [Also published online as “‘Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom’ Review: Patriots of Vermont.”]

*“The Birthday of a New World” [review of John Ferling, Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe (Bloomsbury, 2018)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, 3 July 2018, A13. [Also published online as “Apostles of Revolution Review: The Birthday of a New World.”]

*“Chasing shadows at twilight” [review of Marcus Rediker, The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf who became the first Revolutionary Abolitionist (Penguin, 2017), and Virginia Anderson, The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution (Oxford, 2017)], “Biography & History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 11 May 2018, 26-7.

*“The First Round of a Long Fight” [review of George C. Daughan, Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World (Norton, 2018)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, 19 April 2018, A15. [Also published online as “Lexington and Concord Review: The First Round of a Long Fight.”]

Anderson, Robert G. W., ed. Cradle of Chemistry: The Early Years of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2015), Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, “Resources: Book Reviews” (2018). [https://www.socantscot.org/resource/cradle-of-chemistry-the-early-years-of-chemistry-at-the-university-of-edinburgh-edited-by-robert-g-w-anderson/].

Clark, J.C.D. Thomas Paine: Britain, America, and France in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (OUP, 2018), Choice [56-0834], Vol. 56, Issue 2 (October 2018).

Crow, Matthew. Thomas Jefferson, Legal History, and the Art of Recollection (Cambridge, 2017), The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 84, issue 1 (Feb. 2018), 142-4.

Fogelin, Robert. Hume’s Presence in “The Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion” (Oxford, 2017), International Journal for the Study of Skepticism, Vol. 8 (2018), 245-9.

Israel, Jonathan. The Expanding Blaze: How the American Revolution Ignited the World, 1775-1848 (Princeton UP, 2017), The Journal of the American Revolution, 16 February 2018 [https://allthingsliberty.com/2018/02/expanding-blaze-american-revolution-ignited-world-1775-1848/]

Norman, Jesse. Adam Smith: Father of Economics (Basic Books, 2018), The Library Journal, Vol. 143, Issue 13 (August 2018), 105.

2017

*“American beaver: The hard work, and luck, of a revolutionary painter” [review of Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (W.W. Norton, 2016)], “Biography,” The Times Literary Supplement, 4 August 2017, 32.

*“Harboring Grievances” [review of Eric Hinderaker, Boston’s Massacre (Belknap, 2017)], The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, 11-12 March 2017, C7 [also published online as “The Blood Flowed on King Street”].

Denton, Robert E., Jr. & Benjamin Voth. Social Fragmentation and the Decline of American Democracy: The End of the Social Contract (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Cercles: Revue pluridisciplinaire du monde anglophone [http://www.cercles.com/review/CDE.html]

Du Rivage, Justin. Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence (Yale UP, 2017), Choice [55-1473], December 2017.

Mailer, Gideon. John Witherspoon’s American Revolution (U of North Carolina P, 2017), Choice [54-5741], August 2017.

Mortimer, Ian. The Time Traveler’s Guide to Restoration Britain: A Handbook for Visitors to the Seventeenth Century: 1660-1699 (Pegasus, 2017), Library Journal, vol. 142, issue 6 (2017), 96-7.

Purnell, Carolyn. The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment changed the way we use our senses (Norton, 2016), Library Journal, Vol. 142, Issue 1, 103-4.

Rasmussen, Dennis C. The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought (Princeton, 2017), Library Journal, Vol. 143, issue 12, 82-3.

Ryerson, Richard Alan. John Adams’s Republic: The One, The Few, and the Many (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016), Choice, 54.5 (Jan. 2017), 770.

Winterer, Caroline. American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason (Yale UP, 2016), Choice, 54.7 (Mar. 2017), 1076.

2016

*“America’s First Freedom” [review of Richard Kluger, Indelible Ink: The Trials of John Peter Zenger and the Birth of America’s Free Press (W.W. Norton, 2016), The Wall Street Journal, 22 December 2016.

*“Apartheid in America” [review of Nicholas Guyatt, Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation (Basic Books, 2016)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Friday, 29 Apr. 2016, A11.

*“Calling the House to Order” [review of Fergus M. Bordewich, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Simon and Schuster, 2016)], “BOOKS,” The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, 13-14 Feb. 2016, C7.

*“The Spoils of Office” [review of Zephry Teachout, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s snuff box to Citizens United (Harvard UP, 2014)], “Politics & History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 22 Jan. 2016, 5.

Bordewich, Fergus M. The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government (Simon and Schuster, 2016), Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 54.3 (Nov. 2016), 435.

Brown, Michael. The Irish Enlightenment (Harvard UP, 2016), Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, 54.3 (Nov. 2016), 444.

Butterfield, Kevin. The Making of Tocqueville’s America: Law and Association in the Early United States (U of Chicago Press, 2015), The Journal of American History, 103.3 (December 2016), 749–50 [https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/jaw372].

Dixon, John M. The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden: Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York (Cornell UP, 2016), Enlightenment and Dissent 31 (2016), 104-7.

Gottlieb, Anthony. The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy (W.W. Norton, 2016), The Library Journal 141, no. 11 (June 2016), 76-7.

Hanley, Ryan Patrick, ed. Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy (Princeton UP, 2016), Library Journal 141, no. 1 (Jan. 2016), 109-10.

Harris, James A. Hume: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge UP, 2015), Choice 53, no. 8 (Apr. 2016), 1179.

Jones, Tom. ed. Alexander Pope: An Essay on Man (Princeton UP, 2016), The Library Journal 141, no. 9 (May 2016), 79.

Mallock, Daniel L. Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a World of Revolution (Skyhorse, 2016), Choice [54-0339], Sept. 2016.

2015

*“Your Papers, Please” [review of Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, Citizen Sailors: Becoming American in the Age of Revolution (Harvard UP, 2015)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Monday, 26 Oct. 2015, A15.

*“Philadelphia Was Far Away” [review of Kathleen DuVal, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House, 2015)], “BOOKSHELF,” The Wall Street Journal, Monday, 24 Aug. 2015, A11.

*“Generous Tears” [review of Eric Nelson, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding (Belknap Press of Harvard, 2014)], “Law & History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 13 Mar. 2015, 23.

Farquhar, Michael, Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year (National Geographic, 2015), Library Journal [Xpress Reviews], 27 Feb. 2015.

Fleming, Thomas, The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation (Da Capo, 2015), Library Journal 140, no. 4 (Mar. 2015), 98.

Fulford, Tim, and Kevin Hutchings, eds. Native Americans and Anglo-American Culture, 1750-1850: The Indian Atlantic (Cambridge UP, 2009), Notes & Queries, 2015; doi:10.1093/notesj/gjv007.

Hill, Mike and Warren Montag, The Other Adam Smith (Stanford UP, 2015), Enlightenment and Dissent 30 (2015), 126-9.

Jenkins, William, Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1919 (McGill-Queens, 2013), University of Toronto Quarterly, “Letters in Canada 2013,” 84, no. 3 (Summer 2015), 159-60.

Knott, Stephen, F., and Tony Williams, Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America (Sourcebooks, 2015), Library Journal 140, no. 14 (Sept. 2015), 121.

Morris, Marc, King John: Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England: The Road to Magna Carta (Pegasus, 2015), Library Journal, 140, no. 14 (Sept. 2015), 118.

Sheehan, Jonathan, and Dror Wahrman, Invisible Hands: Self-Organization and the Eighteenth Century (Chicago UP, 2015), Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries [53-1412] (Nov. 2015).

Stewart, Carol, The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics (Ashgate, 2010), Notes & Queries (2015); doi:10.1093/notesj/gjv021.

Wolloch, Nathaniel, History and Nature in the Enlightenment: Praise of the Mastery of Nature in Eighteenth-Century Historical Literature (Ashgate, 2011), Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38, no. 2 (2015), 297-8.

2014

*“World Turned Wrong Way Up” [review of Andrew O’Shaughnessy, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (Yale UP, 2013)], “History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 17 Jan. 2014, 10. 

Bunker, Nick, An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (Random House, 2014), Library Journal 139, no. 14 (Sept. 2014), 118.

Dyson, Stephen, L., The Last Amateur: The Life of William J. Stillman (Excelsior/SUNY, 2014), Choice [52-2336] (2014).

Hunt, Tristram, Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World (Allen Lane, 2014), Library Journal 139, no. 17 (Oct. 2014), 104.

LaCroix, Alison L. The Ideological Origins of American Federalism (Harvard UP, 2010), ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography: 2010 36 (2014).

Newman, Simon P., and Peter S. Onuf, eds. Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions (Virginia UP, 2013), Choice [52-0465], 52, no. 1 (2014), 147.

Rakove, Jack. Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography: 2010 36 (2014)

Roberts, Justin, Slavery and the Enlightenment in the British Atlantic, 1750-1807 (Cambridge UP, 2013), Choice [51-2796] (Jan. 2014).

Shankman, Andrew, ed. The World of the Revolutionary American Republic: Land, Labor, and the Conflict for a Continent (Routledge, 2014), Choice 52, no. 2 (Oct. 2014), 332.

Uglow, Jenny, In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815 (Faber and Faber, 2014), Library Journal 139, no. 20 (Dec. 2014), 117.

Warner, William B., Protocols of Liberty: Communication innovation and the American Revolution (Chicago UP, 2013), Choice [51-4653] (Apr. 2014).

2013

Griffin, Patrick, America’s Revolution (Oxford UP, 2013), Choice [50-4037] (Mar. 2013).

Hanley, Ryan Patrick, Adam Smith and the Character of Virtue (Cambridge UP, 2009), ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography: 2009 35 (2013).

Kett, Joseph F., Merit: The History of a Founding Ideal from the American Revolution to the Twenty-First Century (Cornell UP, 2013), Choice [51-0463] (Sept. 2013).

Norton, David Fate, and Jacqueline Taylor, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Hume, second edition (Cambridge UP, 2009), ECCB: 2009 35 (2013).

Shuffelton, Frank, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Cambridge UP, 2009), ECCB: 2009 35 (2013).

Thompson, Peter, and Peter S. Onuf, eds. State and Citizen: British America and the Early United States (Virginia UP, 2013), Choice [51-2287] (Nov. 2013).

2012

*“Under the Southern Cross, [review of David Hackett Fischer, Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies, New Zealand and the United States (Oxford UP, 2012)],” “History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 21 & 28 Dec. 2012, 34.

Canny, Nicholas, and Philip Morgan, eds. The Oxford Handbook of The Atlantic World, 1450-1850 (Oxford UP, 2011), Choice [49-2820] (Jan. 2012).

Dungan, Nicholas, Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father (New York UP, 2010), Swiss American Historical Society Review 48 (Feb. 2012), 40-3.

Fea, John, Way of improvement leads home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the rural Enlightenment in Early America (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), “Section III: Philosophy, Science, and Religion,” ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography: 2008 34 (2012), 226-7.

Gregg, Stephen H., Defoe’s Writings and Manliness: Contrary Men (Ashgate, 2009), Notes and Queries, vol. 257 [new series, vol. 59], no. 2 (June 2012), 275-7 [doi:10.1093/notesj/gjs055].

Gross, Robert A., and Mary Kelley, eds. A History of the Book in America: Vol. 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation (U of North Carolina Press in Association with the American Antiquarian Society, 2010), Material Culture, 44, no. 1 (Spring 2012), 95-7.

Hayes, Kevin J., and Isabella Bour, eds. Franklin in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates (U of Iowa Press, 2011), Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 35, no. 4 (2012), 606-7.

Johnston, James H., From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Fordham UP, 2012), Library Journal 137, no. 4 (Mar. 2012), 105.

Kierner, Cynthia A., Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times (U of North Carolina Press, 2012), Library Journal 137, no. 6 (Apr. 2012), 83.

Murphy, Paul Thomas, Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarch (Pegasus, 2012), Library Journal 137, no. 12 (July 2012), 92-3.

O’Neill, Jean, and Elizabeth P. McLean, Peter Collinson and the Eighteenth-Century Natural History Exchange (American Philosophical Society, 2008), ECCB: 2008, “Section III: Philosophy, Science, and Religion,” 34 (2012), 254-6.

Rosenfeld, Sophia, Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard UP, 2011), Choice [49-2824] Jan. 2012.

Rosenfeld, Sophia Common Sense: A Political History (Harvard UP, 2011), Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 103, no. 2 (June 2012), 433-4.

Sullivan, Robert, My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012), Library Journal 137, no. 17 (Oct. 2012), 86-7.

Tarter, Michele Lise, and Richard Bell, Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America (U of Georgia Press, 2012), Choice [50-1041] (Oct. 2012).

2011

*“Father Figures” [review of John Ferling, Independence: The Struggle to set America Free (Bloomsbury Press, 2011)], “History,” Literary Review (Nov. 2011), 28-9.

*Barker-Benfield, G. J., Abigail and John Adams: the Americanization of sensibility (U of Chicago Press, 2010), “Biography,” The Times Literary Supplement, 5 Aug. 2011, 23.

*“When Plants Made the Nation [review of Andrea Wulf, The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden (William Heinemann, 2011)],” “History,” The Times Literary Supplement, 18 Mar. 2011, 27.

Barker-Benfield, G. J., Abigail and John Adams: the Americanization of sensibility (U of Chicago Press, 2010), Choice [48-6470] (July 2011).

Baron, Robert C., and Conrad Edick Wright, eds. The Libraries, Leadership, & Legacy of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (Fulcrum with Massachusetts Historical Society, 2010), The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 12 (Dec. 2011), 433-4.

Beauchamp, Tom, ed. David Hume: A Dissertation on the Passions; The Natural History of Religion (Oxford UP, 2007), “Section III: Philosophy, Science, and Religion,” ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography: 2007 33 (2011), 265-7.

Casper, Scott E., Jeffrey D. Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum, and Michael Winship, eds. A History of the Book in America, Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880 (U of North Carolina Press with the American Antiquarian Society, 2007), Material Culture 43, no. 1 (Spring 2011), 114-7.

Ellis, Joseph J., First Family, Abigail & John Adams (Knopf, 2010), Choice [48-6470] (July 2011).

Graham, Roderick, The Great Infidel: A Life of David Hume (Tuckwell, 2004), The Scottish Historical Review 90, no. 1 (Apr. 2011), 151-3.

Howard, Thomas Albert, God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (Oxford UP, 2010), Choice [49-1667] (Nov. 2011).

Israel, Jonathan, A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy (Princeton UP, 2010), History of Intellectual Culture 9, no. 1 (2010/2011).

Ragosta, John A., Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia’s Religious Dissenters Helped Win the American Revolution and Secured Religious Liberty (Oxford UP, 2010), Choice [48-3472] (Feb. 2011).

Rana, Aziz, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard UP, 2010), Choice [48-5878] (June 2011).

Ryan, William R., The World of Thomas Jeremiah: Charles Town on the Eve of the American Revolution (Oxford UP, 2010), Choice [48-3478] (Feb. 2011).

Schecter, Barnet, George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps (Walker, 2010), Choice [48-7119] (Aug. 2011).

Tolles, Bryant F., Jr., Architecture and Academe: College Buildings in New England Before 1860 (UP of New England, 2011), Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 70, no. 4 (Dec. 2011), 545-6.

Towsey, Mark R. M., Reading the Scottish Enlightenment: Books and their Readers in Provincial Scotland, 1750-1800 (Brill, 2010), Enlightenment and Dissent 27 (2011), 195-8.

Wright, John P., Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature: An Introduction. Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts (Cambridge UP, 2009), Enlightenment and Dissent 27 (2011), 204-8.

2010

*“Foremost American” [review of Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life (Penguin, 2010)], “Biography,” The Times Literary Supplement, 24 & 31 Dec. 2010, 7.

*Woodward, Walter, Prospero’s America: John Winthrop Jr., Alchemy and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676 (U of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2010), “In Brief,” The Times Literary Supplement, 7 May 2010, 27.

Bernstein, R. B., The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (Oxford UP, 2009), Choice [47-3995] (Mar. 2010).

Bober, Natalie S., Thomas Jefferson: Draftsman of a Nation (U of Virginia Press, 2007), Journal of Historical Biography 7 (Spring 2010), 155-7.

Carpenter, Kenneth E., The Dissemination of The Wealth of Nations in French and in France, 1776-1843 (Oak Knoll Books for The Bibliographical Society of America, 2002), The Scottish Historical Review 89, no. 1 (2010), 117-9.

Ferreira-Buckley, Linda, and S. Michael Halloran, eds. Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, by Hugh Blair (Southern Illinois UP, 2005), The Scottish Historical Review, 89, no. 1 (2010), 116-7.

Filonowicz, Joseph Duke, Fellow-Feeling and the Moral Life (Cambridge UP, 2008), Journal of the History of Philosophy 48 (Jan. 2010), 110-11.

Kelley, Donald R., Faces of History: Historical Inquiry from Herodotus to Herder (Yale UP, 1998), Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews On-line, posted Mar. 2010.

Macintyre, Gordone, Dugald Stewart: The Pride and Ornament of Scotland (Sussex Academic Press, 2003), Scottish Literary Review 2, no. 2 (Autumn/Winter 2010), 142-4.

Mulford, Carla, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin (Cambridge UP, 2008), Choice [47-2753] (Jan. 2010).

Richards, Jeffrey H., and Sharon M. Harris, eds. Mercy Otis Warren: Selected Letters (U of Georgia Press, 2009), Choice [47-3385] (Feb. 2010).

Sigurdson, Richard, Jacob Burckhardt’s Social and Political Thought (U of Toronto Press, 2004), History of Intellectual Culture 8, no. 1 (2008/2009): http://www.ucalgary.ca/hic/files/hic/Spencer%20on%20Sigurdson.pdf

Stauber, Leland G., The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake (Prometheus, 2010), Choice [48-1075] (Oct. 2010).

Wilson, David B., Seeking Nature’s Logic: Natural Philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment (Pennsylvania State UP, 2009), Journal of British Studies 49 (Oct. 2010), 889-90.

Wood, Gordon S., Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford UP, 2009), Choice [47-4632] (Apr. 2010).

2009

Burchell, Kenneth W., ed. Thomas Paine and America, 1776-1809, 6 vols (Pickering & Chatto, 2009), Choice [47-1633] (Nov. 2009).

Dahlstrom, Neil, and Jeremy Dahlstrom, The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere (Northern Illinois UP, 2005), Material Culture 41 (Spring 2009), 108-10. 

Matthews, Steven, Theology and Science in the Thought of Bacon (Ashgate, 2008), Seventeenth-Century News 67 (2009), 163-6.

Sher, Richard B., The Enlightenment and the Book: Scottish Authors & Their Publishers in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ireland & America (U of Chicago Press, 2006), The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 41, no. 2 (Spring 2009), 229-31.

Torre, Jose, R., ed. The Enlightenment in America, 1720-1825, 4 vols (Pickering & Chatto, 2008), Enlightenment and Dissent 25 (2009), 334-9.

Zelner, Kyle, A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen During King Philip’s War (New York UP, 2009), Choice [46-7016] (Aug. 2009).

2008

Russell, Paul, The Riddle of Hume’s ‘Treatise’: Skepticism, Naturalism, and Irreligion (Oxford UP, 2008), Enlightenment and Dissent 24 (2008), 135-8.

Walmsley, Peter, Locke’s Essay and the Rhetoric of Science (Bucknell UP, 2003), Seventeenth-Century News 66 (2008), 170-3.

2007

Frasca-Spada, Marina, and P. J. E. Kail, eds. Impressions of Hume (Clarendon, 2005), British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 30 (Mar. 2007), 137-8.

Gibson, Alan, Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic (UP of Kansas, 2006), Eighteenth-Century Scotland, no. 21 (Spring 2007), 27-8.

Schmidt, Claudia, David Hume: Reason in History (Pennsylvania State UP, 2003), The Scottish Historical Review 86 (Apr. 2007), 148-9.

2005

Moore, Terrence O., Jr, ed. Observations upon Liberal Education. By George Turnbull (Liberty Fund, 2003), The Scottish Historical Review 84 (Oct. 2005), 286-7. 

2004

Brown, Michael, Francis Hutcheson in Dublin, 1719-30: The Crucible of his Thought (Four Courts, 2002), The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 27 (Spring 2004), 127-8.

Champion, Justin, Republican Learning: John Toland and the Crisis of Christian Culture, 1696-1722 (Manchester UP, 2003), The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 27 (Autumn 2004), 296-7.

Garrett, Aaron, ed. An Essay on the Nature and Conduct of the Passions and Affections, with Illustrations on the Moral Sense. By Francis Hutcheson (Liberty Fund, 2003), The Scottish Historical Review 83 (Oct. 2004), 256-7.

Owens, W. R., and P.N. Furbank, eds. Defoe’s Writings on Travel, Discovery and History, 8 vols (Pickering & Chatto, 2002), The Scottish Historical Review 83 (Apr. 2004), 105-8.

Stanistreet, Paul, Hume’s Scepticism and the Science of Human Nature (Ashgate, 2002), The Scottish Historical Review 83 (Oct. 2004), 257-8.

Wertz, Spencer K., Between Hume’s Philosophy and History: Historical Theory and Practice (UP of America, 1999), Hume Studies 30 (Apr. 2004), 198-200.

2003

*“Getting Acquainted With Ben Franklin” [review of Edmund S. Morgan, Benjamin Franklin (Yale UP, 2002)], Books in Canada 23 (Sept. 2003), 29, 33.

Amory, Hugh, and David D. Hall, eds. A History of the Book in America.  vol. I, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World (Cambridge UP, 2000), The Scottish Historical Review 82 (Apr. 2003), 151-2.

Beauchamp, Tom, ed. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.  By David Hume.  The Clarendon Edition of The Works of David Hume (Oxford UP, 2000), The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 26 (Spring 2003), 141-3.

Dudley, Wade G., Splintering the Wooden Wall: The British Blockade of the United States, 1812-1815 (Naval Institute, 2003), Journal of the Early Republic 23, no. 3 (Fall 2003), 467-9.

Earman, John, Hume’s Abject Failure: The Argument Against Miracles (Oxford UP, 2000), The British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 26 (Spring 2003), 133.

Freeman, Joanne B., Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic (Yale UP, 2001), Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews On-Line (2003).

Israel, Jonathan, Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity, 1650-1750 (Oxford UP, 2001), Seventeenth-Century News 6 (Spring-Summer 2003), 64-9.

Looser, Devoney, British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820 (Johns Hopkins UP, 2000), Eighteenth-Century Book Reviews On-line (2003).

McDonald, Gerald D., Stuart C. Sherman, and Mary T. Russo, compilers, A Checklist of American Newspaper Carriers’ Addresses, 1720-1820 (American Antiquarian Society, 2000), Libraries & Culture 38 (Winter 2003), 88-9.

Raven, James, London Booksellers and American Customers: Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748-1811 (U of South Carolina Press, 2002), The American Historical Review 108 (Apr. 2003), 483-4.

Stevenson, David, The First Freemasons: Scotland’s Early Lodges and Their Members (1988; 2nd edition, Grand Lodge of Scotland, 2001) and David Stevenson, The Beggar’s Benison: Sex Clubs of Enlightenment Scotland and Their Rituals (Tuckwell, 2001), The Scottish Historical Review 82 (Oct. 2003), 317-8.

2002

“Civic Republican and Critical Modernist” [review of James P. Young, Henry Adams: The Historian as Political Theorist (UP of Kansas, 2001)], The Review of Politics 64 (Fall 2002), 752-4.

2001

Aldridge, A. Owen, The Dragon and the Eagle: The Presence of China in the American Enlightenment (Wayne State UP, 1993), Special Issue in honour of A. Owen Aldridge, Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Comparative Studies of Chinese and Foreign Literatures 31 & 32 (Summer-Autumn 2001), 263-6.

Andrews, Dee E., The Methodists and Revolutionary America, 1760-1800: The Shaping of Evangelical Culture (Princeton UP, 2000), Canadian Journal of History 36 (Dec. 2001), 593-5.

Hicks, Philip, Neoclassical History and English Culture: From Clarendon to Hume (St. Martin’s/MacMillan, 1996), ASECS Book Reviews On-line (May 2001).

Owen, David W. D., ed. Hume: General Philosophy (Ashgate, 2000), Scottish Studies Review 2 (Autumn 2001), 146-7.

Phillips, Mark Salber, Society and Sentiment: Genres of Historical Writing in Britain, 1740-1820 (Princeton UP, 2000), Hume Studies 27 (Apr. 2001), 186-90.

2000

Fieser, James., ed. Early Responses to Hume’s Moral, Literary and Political Writings. vol. I. Hume’s Moral Philosophy.  vol. II. Hume’s Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary, 2 vols (Thoemmes, 1999), Eighteenth-Century Scotland, no. 14 (Spring 2000), 23.

 

Scholarly lectures, conference papers, and seminar presentations:

Professor Spencer has presented his work to various scholarly communities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. His venues have included the University of Nevada (2019); University of Edinburgh (2019); University of Glasgow (2018); Brown University (2017); Minneapolis, MN (2017); Brock University (2017); Pittsburgh, PA (2016); Stockholm University (2015); Montreal, QC (2014); Portland State University (2014); Brock University (2014); Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2013); University of South Carolina (2012); The Old College, Edinburgh University (2011); Université Paris Sorbonne [Paris IV] (2010); Institute Charles V, Université Paris Diderot [Paris VII] (2010); University of Antwerp (2010); Dalhousie University and The University of King’s College (2009); The University of Malta Center, Xewkija, Gozo, Malta (2009); Athens Institute for Education and Research, Greece (2008); Hólar University College, Iceland (2008); Dalhousie University (2008); San Francisco, CA (2007); Dartmouth College (2007); Princeton Theological Seminary (2007); Montreal, QC (2006); Harvard University (2005); Brock University (2004); Boston, MA (2004); Trinity College Dublin (2004); University of Guelph (2003); Brock University (2002); University of Toronto (2002); Michigan State University (2000); Harvard University (2000); Huron University College (1998); University of Stirling (1998); Newnham College, Cambridge University (1998); University of Utrecht (1998); University of Edinburgh (1998); Vanderbilt University (1997); The University of Western Ontario (1997); The University of Michigan (1996); The College of William and Mary (1995).

Recent Undergraduate Courses:

HIST 2P15: Glory and Despair: The United States, 1607-1865

HIST 2Q98: Everyday Life in Early America

HIST 3P15: The American Enlightenment

HIST 3P16: The American Revolution

HIST 4P36: American Political Ideas, 1760-1805

 

Recent Graduate Seminar:

HIST 5V20: The American Enlightenment

Professor Spencer is available to supervise graduate students in his areas of interest.