Paul Mapp received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 2001. He came to Williamsburg as a fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture in the same year, and joined William and Mary’s history department in 2003. Professor Mapp specializes in the history of early modern North America and the Atlantic world, two geographic designations he has pushed west into the waters of the Pacific. His work on exploration, geographic thought, and international relations has led to the publication of The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2011), a study of ideas about western North American geography and their role in the imperial rivalry culminating in the Seven Years’ War. He plans to continue his investigation of exploration and western and Pacific history in the near future with an examination of the international context of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
At present, Professor Mapp is pursuing his interests in comparative political history, eighteenth-century diplomacy, and the use of extra-American sources to illuminate American history in a project on the international history of the American Revolution.