Durham University

Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Skye Montgomery

Lecturer (Modern American History) in the Department of History

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I am a historian of American national identity and foreign relations in the nineteenth century. My research centers on transatlantic communities, investigating the longstanding ties of faith, language, and commerce, that bound together the American and British Imperial projects and shaped the course of both domestic politics and US foreign policy in the long nineteenth century. My previous research examined the transnational dimensions of Southern national identity formation between the Nullification Crisis and the emergence of the New South. Currently, I am working on a transimperial history of the missionary outreach of the Protestant Episcopal Church and its effects on foreign policy in the early twentieth century.

I was a postdoctoral fellow in American political history at the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I completed my doctoral research at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. I also hold Master's degrees in US History from Oxford and in Victorian Studies from the University of Manchester, as well as a BA in History from Gettysburg College.

Research Interests

  • National Identity
  • US Foreign Relations
  • Religion and Politics
  • Transimperial History

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