Matthew Dziennik

Postdoctoral Fellow

United States Naval Academy

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Academic Profile

My project - Soldiers, Slavery, and Dependence in West Africa - examines how British efforts to purchase and recruit enslaved soldiers in Senegambia, Sierra Leone, and the Gold Coast shaped the colonial process across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My research illustrates the ways in which both British and African elites used enslaved military labor to shore up claims to authority during an era of profound change.     

Kent Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan

Early Career Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Schwartz Postdoctoral Fellow, New-York Historical Society

Ph.D. in History, University of Edinburgh

  • The Fatal Land: War, Empire, and the Highland Soldier in British America (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015)
  • “Til These Experiments be Made: Senegambia and British Imperial Policy in the Mid-Eighteenth-Century,” English Historical Review 130 (2015): 1132-61
  • “The Miskitu, Military Labour, and the San Juan Expedition of 1780,” The Historical Journal 61 (2018): 155-79
  • “New York’s Refugees and Political Authority in Revolutionary America,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rdSer., 77 (Jan. 2020): 65-96 (with Simon Newman and Lissa Bollettino) “All Likely Lads of Colour: Free Black Soldiers and the Defense of Jamaica,” Slavery & Abolition 41 (2020): 187-211
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