Christopher F. Minty, historian, assistant editor of The Adams Papers Editorial Project, colonial and imperial New York, New York Loyalists, political culture, community
Massachusetts Historical Society
I received my Ph.D. from the School of History and Politics at the University of Stirling, Scotland. My dissertation examines the origins of community in New York during the imperial crisis, c. 1763–1775, and it primarily focuses upon those colonists who would go on to become Loyalists in the American Revolution. It has adopted an interdisciplinary approach as it blends traditional historical approaches with sociological and anthological methods to illustrate how a distinct community emerged and developed in such colony defined by heterogeneity. Over the course of the project, I have been fortunate enough to have been awarded research fellowships from the British Library, the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg, the New York State Archives and William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the David Library of the American Revolution, Harvard University and the Huntington Library. I have also been a research assistant on The Papers of Francis Bernard (www.bernardpapers.com), and held teaching posts at the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling.
I am currently the Assistant Editor of The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.
Alongside my Ph.D. project, I am especially interested in how the perception and shared interpretation of historical memory shapes and builds communities and how this impacts upon political culture(s).