Al Zuercher Reichardt

Al Zuercher Reichardt
Assistant Professor
408B Jesse Hall
Research Area
Early America, Indigenous History, Early Modern Empires

Ph.D., Yale University

M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University

A.B., Duke University


I'm an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. I received my PhD in 2017 from Yale University, after which I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Humanities & Information at Penn State.

I teach courses on early North American, Atlantic, and Indigenous history. My research is similarly aligned, revolving around the intersections of eighteenth-century European and Indigenous peoples and empires, with general interests in state formation, historical geography, and knowledge production.

I'm currently completing my first book manuscript, War for the Interior: Empires & Communications in the Struggle for North America, which maps the long Seven Years' War for the American Interior and reconstructs the inter-imperial, infrastructural roots of the American Revolution. Support for this research came from a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France, as well as funding from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Huntington Library, the American Philosophical Society, the William L. Clements Library, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, among others. I've also published work on translation in early American material texts and on the global 18th-century British Empire

My next book project turns towards "path diplomacy" and the spatial politics of Indigenous and Euro-American transportation landscapes, from the colonial period through the rise of the early American state. ​My other on-going project, which centers on William Johnson and the Brant family, uncovers a cultural and political campaign to create a genteel Mohawk elite in pre-revolutionary New York. 

Courses Taught

HIST 1100: “US History to 1865"

HIST 2100/2100H: “Revolutionary Transformation of America"

HIST 4070/7070: “Indians and Europeans in Early America"

HIST 8004: “Age of Atlantic Revolutions"

HIST 8460: “Trans-Atlantic History"