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Dr Thomas Rodgers

  • Qualifications: PhD in History (University of Warwick); MPhil in Historical Studies, (University of Cambridge); BA (Hons) in History (University of Cambridge)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in American Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6142
  • Email: thomas.rodgers@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


A historian of early America and the Atlantic World, my current research centres on the idea of coercion in the American Revolution. I gained my PhD from the University of Warwick in 2011. Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in September 2014 I was a Teaching Fellow in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology at Newcastle University.


Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to North American History
  • From Revolution to Reconstruction: U.S. History from 1750 to 1877
  • Race, Slavery, and Emancipation in the Americas
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Making of the American Republic


Coercion and Liberty: State Formation in the American Revolution

This monograph project explores the contested idea of coercion in the shaping of the American Revolution. The collapse of the British imperial state and the emergence of a revolutionary republican mode of government not only marked a transfer of authority, but challenged and refined existing notions of governance. This project reveals the extent to which the process of revolutionary state formation harnessed coercive powers alongside debates about liberty. 


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