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Edward Pompeian

Ph. D.

PhD Received: 2014
Dissertation Title: Spirited Enterprises: Venezuela, the United States, and the Independence of Spanish America, 1789-1823
MA received: 2007
Thesis Title: Philip Fithian's Private Journals and Personal Journies: Self-improvement, Fidelity, and Rebellion, 1766-1776


Ed studies the “commercial revolutions” that altered the economies and political relations of North and South America during the political upheavals of the Age of Revolution. His dissertation focused on the economics and politics of trade in the Atlantic World.  More specifically, it examined how war, drought, slave conspiracies, and grain shortages in late-colonial Caracas led Venezuelan elites and Spanish imperial officials to sanction a controversial transnational commerce in “prime necessities” with neutral U.S. traders and merchants.  He examines how the North Americans' trade in  flour, manufactured goods, and enslaved laborers shaped the political and international relations of the two regions and how insecurity influenced the Venezuelan struggles for independence.  His research interests are the Age of Revolution in the Americas, colonialism and slavery, the Spanish Caribbean, environmental history, trade and commerce, globalization, and cross-cultural relations broadly defined.

Awards, Fellowships and Publications

University Profile


  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of William and Mary, 2013-2014


  • Short-Term Research Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, July 2013
  • History Writing Resources Center Fellowship, Lyon G. Tyler Department of History, William and Mary, 2012-2013
  • Advisory Council Dissertation Fellowship, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2012
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia and Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Fall 2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Caracas, Venezuela, Institute of International Education/William J. Fulbright Program, 2010-2011
  • Editorial Apprenticeship, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2005-2006

Research Awards

  • Lord Baltimore Fellowship, Maryland Historical Society, 2012-2013
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, July 2013
  • Mendel Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, July 2012
  • Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association, Summer 2010
  • Provost Summer Research Grant, College of William and Mary, Summer 2010
  • Reves Center for International Studies International Travel Grant, College of William and Mary Winter 2012, Summer 2010
  • Arts and Sciences Graduate Research Grant, College of William and Mary, May 2009, March 2009, March 2006


  • “Hermanos americanos y amigos republicanos: redes de intercambio entre Venezuela y los Estados Unidos, 1797-1815” in La Primera República de Venezuela: reflexiones en su bicentenario, 1811-2011. (Caracas: Fundación Konrad Adenauer y la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 2012): 167-79.

  • “Speculating on Revolution: The 1806 Leander Expedition and Popular Visions of South American Liberation in the Early U.S. Republic,” Selected Papers of the 2010 Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850 (2012): 218-30

  • Review of Lyman L. Johnson’s Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 for Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. 9 no. 4 (Winter 2012): 96-98.