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Christopher Magra

assoc. prof.,
Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Chris Magra is an Associate Professor of Early American history at the University of Tennessee. His research explores early American social and economic history. He is particularly interested in merchants and maritime laborers. Cambridge University Press published his first book The Fisherman’s Cause: Atlantic Commerce and Maritime Dimensions of the American Revolution in 2009, which won the Winslow House Book Prize. This book examines transatlantic business rivalries and resource competition that helped bring about the imperial crisis. He is finishing his second book, Poseidon’s Curse, an analysis of the business costs of British naval impressment and the economic origins of the Revolution. He has written articles for several academic journals, including the International Review of Social History and the New England Quarterly. Two of these articles won prizes. He has been a research fellow at the David Library of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the University of Tennessee’s Humanities Center. He has presented research papers at academic forums in Canada, the Netherlands, and throughout the United States, including the American Historical Association’s annual meeting and the Omihundro Institute of Early American History’s annual conference. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Early America and the Atlantic World.