Name: L. H. Roper
Title: Professor of History
Academic Rank: Professor
Expertise Keywords: American War of Independence, England (Great Britain) and its Empire to 1837, American Indians, Colonial America, History of the United States South, Plantation Slavery in the Americas, South Carolina
Available For: interviews, essays, speaking
Expertise: I have published one book on the early 17th-century English Empire in America and another on the settlement of South Carolina. I have also co-edited (with Dr. Bertrand Van Ruymbeke, Universite de Paris 8-St Denis, France) a book of essays on proprietary colonies, to which I contributed an essay on early South Carolina history. I have a book of essays, based upon papers at a 2009 symposium held at SUNY--New Paltz (co-edited with Dr Jaap Jacobs) on _The Seventeenth-Century Worlds of the Hudson Valley_, forthcoming from SUNY Press (2013). I have also published an article on slavery in South Carolina circa 1701 in The William and Mary Quarterly (April 2007), as well as several other articles on the expansion of English overseas interests in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. I am co-general editor with Dr Jaap Jacobs and Dr Bertrand Van Ruymbeke of The Journal of Early American History and the book series, The American Colonies, 1500-1830, both published by Brill.
Currrent Research: The English takeover of New York (1664) and English Imperial Formation, 1630-1685.
Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Assistant and Associate Professor of History; Visiting Lecturer of History
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Alexander O. Vietor Fellow in Early American History and Cartography, Beinecke Library, Yale University, 2003-04 (held March 2004).
Research and Creative Project Award, Office of Academic Affairs, SUNY-New Paltz, June 2001-May 2002.
Professional Development and Quality of Working Life Award, United University Professionals (SUNY New Paltz), May 2001.
Professional Development and Quality of Working Life Award, United University Professions (SUNY-New Paltz), May 2000.
Research and Creative Project Award, Office of Academic Affairs, SUNY-New Paltz, June 1999-May 2000.
Professional Development and Quality of Working Life Award, United University Professions (SUNY-New Paltz), November 1998.
Research and Creative Project Award, Office of Academic Affairs, SUNY-New Paltz, June 1998-May 1999.
Professional Development and Quality of Working Life Award, United University Professions (SUNY-New Paltz), June 1998.
Research and Creative Project Award, Office of Academic Affairs, SUNY-New Paltz, June 1997-June 1998.
Member, International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, September 1996.
Travel Fellow, The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, July-August 1991.
Graduate Fellow, Department of History, University of Rochester, 1988-1992.
Other professional activities
Professional Papers, Workshops, and other Presentations
“Maryland and New Albion: Reconsidering an ‘English Proprietary Empire’, the State of Charles I, and the Formation of Anglo-American Colonies”, Colonisation et colonisation en Amerique du Nord, XVIIe-XVIIIe sicles/Colonization and Confessionalization in Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century North America, Journe d'tude, 13 May 2011, Maison Descartes, Amsterdam (invited).
“The Ties that Bound: the Conception of Anglo-America, 1617-67”, Atlantic History Workshop, New York University, 2 November 2010 and (different version) History of Empire seminar, University of Uppsala (Sweden), 17 March 2010 (both invited).
"The Thrusting Out of Governor Harvey and Other Curious Incidents", Universite de Versailles--St Quentin-en-Yvelines (France), 10 October 2008 (invited).
“Big Fish in a Bigger Transatlantic Pond: the Social and Political Leadership of Early Modern Anglo-American Colonies”, Servir outre-Mer: Les lites europennes dans les colonies du dbut du XVI sicle au milieu du XXe sicle , Universit de Bordeaux 3—Michel de Montaigne, 4 October 2007 (invited and paper will be published).
“New Albion: Anatomy of an English Colonization Failure, 1632-1655”, Columbia University Seminar on Early American History (invited), 12 December 2006 and the Honors Center, SUNY—New Paltz, 23 October 2006.
“The Ambiguous Crucible of Empire: Theater, Politics, and Colonization in Jacobean England”, North American Conference on British Studies, Boston, MA, 19 November 2006.
The Fate of Religious Toleration in Proprietary South Carolina , 117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago IL, 3 January 2003.
The Goose Creek Men and Early South Carolina History , Transatlantic Studies Association, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, 10 July 2001.
Unmasquing the Connections Between Jacobean Politics and Colonization: Anna of Denmark, Pocahontas, John Rolfe, Ben Jonson, William Herbert, George Villiers, Supporting Cast, and the Start of the English Empire, 1614-1616 , Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, Denver, CO, 27 October 2001.
Chair, commentator and organizer, Proprietary Colonies in Perspective , Seventh Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, 14 July 2001.
Kings of the Carolina Frontier: New Light on the Goose Creek Men , Fifth Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 12 June 1999.
Conceptions of an Early Modern English Society: the Case of South Carolina , Organization of American Historians, Toronto, Canada, 24 April 1999.
Fundamentally Flawed? Carolina s Constitutions Reconsidered , Society of Early Americanists, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 4 March 1999.
Conceptions of a New World in Elizabethan and Jacobean England , 23rd International Conference on Patristic, Mediaeval, and Renaissance Studies, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 9 October 1998.
The Lords Proprietor: A Reassessment , South Carolina Historical Association, Columbia, SC, 8 March 1997.
Promotion, Periphery, and Patronage in Proprietary South Carolina , International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800, 7 September 1996, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
The Jesuit Relations: Another Look , Annual Conference on Iroquois Research, 7 October 1995, Rensselaerville, NY.
Associate, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Member, American Historical Association
1. The English Empire in America, 1602-1658: Beyond Jamestown (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009).
2. Conceiving Carolina: Proprietors, Planters, and Plots, 1662-1729 (New York and Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
3. Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Colonies in the Atlantic World, 1500-1750 (w/B. Van Ruymbeke, Leiden, NL and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).
4. The Seventeenth-Century Worlds of the Hudson Valley (w/Jaap Jacobs), Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2013).
B. Scholarly Articles
“The Seventeenth-Century English Empire” in L.H. Roper and Jaap Jacobs (eds.), The Worlds of the Seventeenth-Century Hudson Valley (Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press, 2013, forthcoming).
“The Chesapeake Bay” in Louise Breen (ed.), Converging Worlds: Communities and Cultures in Colonial America (New York: Routledge, 2012), pp. 122-47.
“The Ties That Bound: The Conception of Anglo-America, 1617-1667” in Journal of Early American History 1, no. 2 (2011), pp. 142-66.
“Big Fish in a Bigger Transatlantic Pond: the Social and Political Leadership of Early Modern Anglo-American Colonies” in C. Laux, F-J. Ruggiu, and P. Singaravelou, eds., Servir Outre-mer: Les lites europennes dans les colonies du dbut du XVI sicle au milieum de XXe sicle (Brussels : Peter Lang, 2009), pp. 141-66.
“New Albion: Anatomy of a Colonization Failure, 1632-1655” in Itinerario, 32/1 (2008).
“The 1701 ‘Act for the Better Ordering of Slaves: Reconsidering the History of Slavery in Proprietary South Carolina” in The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 64 (April, 2007), 395-418.
“Charles I, Virginia, and the Idea of Atlantic History” in Itinerario, 30/2 (2006), 33-53.
"Unmasquing the Connections between Jacobean Politics and Colonization: the Circle of Anna of Denmark and the Beginning of the English Empire, 1614-1618 in Carole Levin, Jo Eldridge Carney, and Debra Barrett-Graves, eds., High and Mighty Queens of Early Modern England (Palgrave, 2003).
The Unraveling of an Anglo-American Utopia in South Carolina in The Historian, 58 (Winter 1996), 277-88.
Old Wine in New Bottles: New York, the Federal Government and the Oneida Land Claims Cases in New York History, 72 (April 1991), 133-54.
C. Encyclopedia Articles
James Colleton , Sir Nathaniel Johnson , James Moore, Sr. , and Joseph Morton in South Carolina Encyclopedia (University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming).
Theodore de Bry , Peter Martyr , Gerardus Mercator , Matteo Ricci , Martin Waldseemuller , and St Francis Xavier in Jo E. Carney, ed., Reformations: Protestant and Catholic, 1500-1620: An Interdisciplinary Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 2000).
Wade Hampton I and James Moore, Jr. in John W. Garraty, ed., American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999).
D. Recent Book Reviews
“Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire” by Paul D. Halliday (Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010) in American Historical Review, 115 (2010), no. 5, pp. 1522-3.
“A Very Mutinous People: The Struggle for North Carolina, 1660-1713” by Noeleen McIlvenna (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009) in American Historical Review, 115 (2010), no. 2, pp. 533-4.
“Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World” by Carla Gardina Pestana (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) in Church History, 79 (2010), no. 1, pp. 213-16.
“Who Shall Rule at Home?” by Jonathan Mercantini (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006) for H-SC/H-Net (2007).
“Hakluyt’s Promise: An Elizabethan’s Obsession for an English America” by Peter C. Mancall, (New
Haven: Yale University Press, 2007) in Itinerario, 31, no. 2 (2007), pp. 197-8.
“Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714: The Atlantic Connection” by Allan I. Macinnes and Arthur H. Williamson (eds.) (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishing, 2006) in Itinerario, 30, no. 3 (2006), pp. 158-60.
“Conceiving Colonial America”, review of Daniel Vickers, ed., A Companion to Colonial America (Boston: Blackwell Publishers, 2005) for H-SOUTH/H-Net (September 2006).
“Slavery in Colonial America, 1619-1776” by Betty Wood (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) in Itinerario, 30, no. 2 (2006), pp. 210-12.
“Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World” (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004) by Trevor Burnard in Itinerario, 30, no. 1 (2006), pp. 128-9.
“A Colonial Complex: South Carolina’s Frontiers in the Era of the Yamasee War, 1680-1730” by Steven J. Oatis (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004), in William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 62 (2005), no. 3, pp. 543-5.
“Atlantic Virginia: Intercolonial Relations in the Seventeenth Century” by April Lee Hatfield (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), for H-Atlantic (2005).