Lawrence B. A. Hatter
Assistant Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 319 - 509-335-7298
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011
Academic & Professional Interests
Dr. Hatter is an historian of early America. He teaches the upper division courses HIST 413: Early America to 1750 and HIST 414: The Era of the American Revolution. He also regularly teaches HIST 110: U.S. History to 1877 and HIST 300: Writing About History.
Research & Publications
Dr. Hatter is broadly interested in how empire worked in eighteenth and early-nineteenth century British North America and the United States. His research explores the ways in which legal abstractions about sovereignty shaped, and were shaped by, realities on the ground.
His current book project, Citizens of Convenience: Nationhood, Empire, and the Northern Border, 1783-1846, explains how the U.S.-Canadian border played a key role in distinguishing the American people as a distinct nation in the Atlantic world and by expanding American empire in the West.
Dr. Hatter’s most recent article “The Jay Charter: Rethinking the American National State in the West, 1796-1819” appeared in the September 2013 issue of Diplomatic History. He has also published articles in The Michigan Historical Review, The American Review of Canadian Studies, and The Tennessee Historical Quarterly.