Peter Olsen-Harbich

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Joshua Piker
Current Research: Indigenous Political Economy; Colonial Northeast; Anarchy Theory

Peter Olsen-Harbich graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in Economics. He is interested in the material and intellectual landscape of political economy in Colonial Native America generally. His particular intervention stresses the historical import of coercive indigenous politics on relationships with imperial powers in the colonial Northeast. In the spring of 2016, Peter completed his masters thesis, titled "Usufruct in the Land of Tribute: Property, Coercion, and Sovereignty on Early Colonial Long Island." His dissertation is tentatively titled "A Meaningful Subjection: Coercive Inequality and Indigenous Political Economy in the Colonial Northeast." As an undergraduate, Peter wrote a senior thesis under the guidance of Dr. Michael Leroy Oberg on Iroquois participation in exchanges of information during the Seven Years War. He will be spending the Fall of 2018 researching in the British National Archives with the sponsorship of The Huntington Library.