Philip Stern

Associate Professor of History

Co-director, BorderWork(s) Lab

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Humanities Lab, Undergraduate Research

My work focuses on the history of Britain and the British Empire, particularly in the early modern period (loosely defined). My first book, The Company-State, is a political and intellectual history of the English East India Company in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. I am currently working on or planning projects related to the history of the corporation in the British Empire, eighteenth-century British overseas exploration and cartography, the historiography of British India, early modern economic thought, the history of companies and colonization, and digital and data visualization approaches to the problem of colonial sovereignty.


Undergraduate Research
Visiting Faculty Fellow




Project Search Expands to Include Humanities
-- Jun 10 2013
This year's incoming first-year students at Duke will have a new pre-orientation option. Project Search—founded in 2009—is a two-week program designed to provide research opportunities to students... Read More
Defining Lines: Rethinking Images of Colonial Authority
-- Jul 17 2013
Phil Stern's students in the Maps, Art, and Empire research cluster at the BorderWork(s) Lab conducted research on a series of historical maps that will be included in an exhibition at the Nasher... Read More
What Do These Six Questions Have in Common?
-- Sep 25 2014
“How does media shape a child’s perception of race, both of herself and others?” “How has domestic and global international policy concerning direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising for pharmaceuticals... Read More