Matthew Kruer is an Assistant Professor of Early North American History at the University of Chicago. He specializes in early American and Indigenous histories, with a focus on the relationship between small Indigenous nations and the development of British settler colonialism. His book Time of Anarchy: Indigenous Power and the Crisis of Colonialism in Early America (Harvard University Press, 2022) examines the role of the Susquehannock nation on the outbreak of multiple colonial rebellions and the reconfiguration of Anglo-Indigenous relations in the 1670s and 1680s. His current project, Sovereigns and Subjects: Indigenous Nations within the British Atlantic Empire, investigates Native articulations and enactments of sovereignty and their influence on settler constitutionalism.
The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington.
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