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Brian D. Carroll

Assistant Professor of History

Brian Carroll was born in Boston and grew up in southern New Hampshire.  Evident at an early age, his interest in the past led him to pursue a number of different career paths in history. This included working in museums and public history, research and professional writing, and teaching history--first at the secondary, then later undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon earning a B.A. in History and Theater he was employed as a stage actor (performing mostly Shakespeare) before working for a number of local and regional museums and historical societies across New England. After teaching history and economics for nine years at The Landmark School, in Massachusetts, he attended graduate school at the University of Connecticut, earning his Ph.D. in 2009. He previously taught at Salem State University, in Salem, Massachusetts, before accepting a position at Central Washington University and moving to the Pacific Northwest.

Professor Carroll's articles and book reviews have been published in The William and Mary Quarterly, Ethnohistory, The New England Quarterly, and The Huntington Library Quarterly, and he has presented papers at conferences sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Society for Ethnohistory, and the Society of Early Americanists. His scholarship has been supported financially by the Center for the History of Medicine at Harvard University's Countway Library of Medicine, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, the American Antiquarian Society, The Huntington Library, and the John Carter Brown Library. Professor Carroll is also on the faculty of CWU's American Indian Studies program and remains active in public history, serving as vice-president of the board of directors for the Thorp Mill Town Historical Preservation Society in Thorp, Washington.

His current book project, From Warrior to Soldier:  New England Indians in the Colonial Military, 1675-1763, a history of the social and cultural factors leading Native men to enlist and fight for the British, will soon be in press. It examines the impact of ideas about race and gender on the experience of Native men in the military and the contributions Indian soldiers made to frontier conflicts of the era, in particular, and American modes of warfare more broadly.  Professor Carroll's most recent article, '"Savages" in the Service of Empire:  Native American Soldiers in Gorham's Rangers, 1744-1762,' appeared in the September 2012 issue of The New England Quarterly

Professor Carroll is also currently engaged in a number of other research projects. These include a book-length biography on intercultural broker and military pioneer Benjamin Church (c. 1639-1718), an article on race-mixing in colonial New England and the origins of the métis of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, and, lastly, a piece on the development of medical vampire belief in New England and its connection to the American Revolution.


  • HIST 302 - Historical Methods

  • HIST 314 - Military History of the United States

  • HIST 339 - Colonial British American

  • HIST 341 - The Constitution and the New Republic

  • HIST 344 - American Manhood in Historical Perspective

  • HIST 434 - American Indian History to 1790

  • HIST 440 - The American Revolution

  • HIST 445 - Introduction to Public History

  • HIST 454 - American Environmental History

  • HIST 512 - Graduate Reading Seminar:  Culture & Medicine in America (to 1885)


University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

  • Ph.D., American History, 2009

  • M.A., American History, 1997

Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire

  • B.A., History and Theater, 1993


Review of Living with Whales:  Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History, edited by Nancy Shoemaker. Ethnohistory 62 (forthcoming 2015).

"Love and the Last Refuge:  Emotion, Patriotism, and War in 1812." Review of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism, by Nicole Eustace. The Huntington Library Quarterly 76, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 317-323.

Review of The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island: A History, by John A. Strong. Ethnohistory 60, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 142-144.

""Savages" in the Service of Empire:  Native American Soldiers in Gorham's Rangers, 1744-1762," The New England Quarterly 85, no. 3 (September 2012): 383-429.

Review of Making War and Minting Christians: Masculinity, Religion, and Colonialism in Early New England, by R. Todd Romero. Ethnohistory 59, no. 2 (Spring 2012): 418-419.

Review of Tribe, Race, History:  Native Americans in Southern New England, 1780-1880, by Daniel R. Mandell. The New England Quarterly 84, no. 2 (June 2011): 363-365.

""I indulged my desire too freely": Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Sin of Self-Pollution in the Diary of Joseph Moody, 1720-1724," The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., 60, no. 1 (January 2003): 155-170.

""Loaded to the Water Line": Coasters, Coal Schooners, and the Marshall Store in York, 1865-1918," in Clipper Ships to Coal Schooners: Maritime Culture and Economy in York, Maine. Edited by Thomas B. Johnson (York, Maine: Old York Historical Society, 1995), pp. 36-49.


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