Matthew Lockwood with reddish hair and beard, wearing glasses, and smiling as he looks off to the right.

Matthew Lockwood

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Yale University, 2014

Research Areas

  • European History


Research Interests

  • Britain and the world
  • Comparative legal history
  • Migration and immigration
  • State formation
  • History of crime and violence
  • Global and transnational history

Current Projects

  • Island Refuge: Exiles and Refugees in Britain from Constantine to Climate Change, an account of the long history of asylum in Britain, from the Romans to the present day.
  • Plague in the City of Gold: Pestilence, Murder and the Twilight of the British Raj, which explores the history of the third plague pandemic in the British Empire and demonstrates how British plague policies helped to shape a more radical form of Indian nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Courses Taught

  • Western Civilization to 1648
  • Honors Western Civilization from 1648
  • British Empire
  • The Age of Exploration and Conquest
  • The Age of Reason
  • Capstone Research Seminar: Exploration and Empire
  • Graduate Theory and Methods
  • Graduate Seminar on European Imperialism

Awards and Honors

  • Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History, Finalist (2020)
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice (2020)
  • Financial Times Top 10 Books of the Year (2019)
  • Hans Gatzke Prize, Yale University (2014)
  • MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grant (2011)
  • Warnock Fellowship (2011)
  • Miller Endowed Fellowship in History (2008-9)

Selected Publications