Peter W. Walker

Assistant Professor of History

Portrait of UW History Assistant Professor Peter Walker

I work on early modern Britain, the British Empire, and the Atlantic World, with particular interests in religion, empire, and revolution. I teach classes in those fields, as well as in European and World history. I received my PhD from Columbia University in 2016 and MPhil (2010) and BA (2008) from the University of Oxford. I am working on a book which asks how colonial Anglicans engaged - politically, intellectually, theologically, and spiritually - with the religious modernity emerging in the Age of Revolutions. This project has been supported by a Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Whitehill Prize from the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Prichard Prize from the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, and a Mellon-ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. I am also editing, with Dr Christopher Minty, a book-length documentary edition of the correspondence of the loyalist refugee Myles Cooper.


Peter Walker CV




The Power of Suffering: Loyalism, the Church of England, and the American Revolution (book manuscript in progress).

Co-editor with Christopher Minty, The Cause of Loyalty: The Revolutionary Worlds of Myles Cooper (book-length collection of edited primary sources, in progress).

Journal Articles

“The Bishop Controversy, the Imperial Crisis, and Religious Radicalism in New England, 1763-74, New England Quarterly 90, 3 (September 2017): 306-43. Winner of the 2016 Whitehill Prize.

Essays in Edited Collections

“A Crisis of Conscience: Oaths, Martyrdom, and Community in Revolutionary Pennsylvania,” in The Consequences of Conflict: The American Revolution and Religion, ed. Kate Carté (in progress).

“Religion, Politics, and Martyrdom in the American Revolution: The Loyalist Church of England Clergy,” in A Companion to American Religious History, ed. Benjamin E. Park (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021), 59-70.

“Tolerating Protestants: Antipopery, Antipuritanism, and Religious Toleration in Britain, 1776-1829,” in Against Popery: Britain, Empire, and Anti-Catholicism, ed. Evan Haefeli (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020), 257-87.

“‘An Isolated Portion of the Community’? English Protestant Dissenters’ Campaign for Toleration, 1787-1828,” in Believers in the Nation: European Religious Minorities in the Age of Nationalism (1815-1914), eds. Wessel Kruhl, Roberto Dagnino, and Alessandro Grazi (Leuven: Peeters, 2017), 117-36. 

Book Reviews

Review of Joseph Hardwick, Prayer, Providence and Empire: Special Worship in the British World, 1783–1919 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2021), in Journal of British Studies 62, 2 (2023): 566-67.

Review of Peter C. Mancall, The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), in Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, 90, 1 (2021): 201-203.


Courses taught

HIST 5880. History Theory

HIST 5440 / 4490. The American Revolution

HIST 5400. The Age of Revolutions

HIST 5425 / 4425. Britain’s Global Empires: 1558 to the Present

HIST 5270 / 4270. France: Old Regime & Revolution

HIST/RELI 3240: Reformation and Enlightenment Christianity

HIST 3020. Historical Methods

HIST 2060. Early Modern Europe: from the Renaissance to the French Revolution

HIST 1320. World History to 1500

HIST 1120: Western Civilization II (from 1700)

FYS 1101. Hamilton’s America: Beyond the Musical


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