Dr Erik Mathisen

Teaching Fellow

Location Arts Two 3.05

Email: e.mathisen@qmul.ac.uk

I joined QMUL in 2014. My interest in U.S. history led me to graduate school at Northwestern University, and a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, I have taught as a lecturer in the UK, and published on the history of the United States, slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World, the American Civil War, and the history of the long nineteenth century.


My research has looked at how civil war and emancipation in the United States, changed the way that Americans understood both national citizenship and the role of the national state in their lives. My first book, The Loyal Republic, looks at how personal loyalty to the state became the key to membership in the American body politic, for former Confederate citizens and freed African Americans alike. My future research aims to expand this interest into the Atlantic World, by charting the ferment of revolution, the rise of states, and the collapse of slavery across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • History of the United States, from the colonial period to the 20th century.
  • History of Slavery & Emancipation in the Atlantic World
  • The Study of the State
  • Politics & Political Culture
  • The Age of Revolution
  • The World History of the Long Nineteenth Century

Undergraduate teaching



The Loyal Republic: Traitors, Slaves & the Remaking of Citizenship in Civil War America (manuscript in preparation for the University of North Carolina Press).

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