Matthew  Lockwood

Matthew Lockwood

Visiting Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Yale University, 2014


Research Interests

  • Britain and its empire in the long eighteenth century
  • History of crime and violence
  • Comparative legal history
  • State formation
  • Migration and immigration

Current Projects

  • This Unhappy Rebellion: the Global Consequences of the American Revolution (Yale University Press, forthcoming)

Courses Taught

  • Western Civilization to 1648
  • Honors Western Civilization from 1648
  • British Empire

Awards and Honors

  • Hans Gatzke Prize, Yale University (2014)
  • MacMillan Center Dissertation Research Grant (2011)
  • Warnock Fellowship (2011)
  • Miller Endowed Fellowship in History (2008-9)

Selected Publications

  • The Conquest of Death: Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State (Yale University Press, 2017).
  • “‘Love Ye Therefore the Strangers:’ Foreign Residents and the Criminal Law in Early Modern England, 1670-1750,” Continuity and Change 29 (Dec. 2014): 349-71.
  • “From Treason to Homicide: Changing Conceptions of Petty Treason in Early Modern England,” The Journal of Legal History  34 (April 2013): 31-49.