College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Photo: Lawrence HatterLawrence B. A. Hatter

Assistant Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 347 - 509-335-7298


Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011

Academic & Professional Interests

Lawrence Hatter writes and teaches about early American history (Colonial North America, the American Revolution, and the Early American Republic), with a particular emphasis on exploring colonial development and nation-making  through comparisons and connections within the broader Revolutionary Atlantic World. His current book project Border Wars: The Laurentine Trade and the Making of American Nationhood, 1783-1846 is a transnational history of the U.S.-Canadian border from the perspective of Canadian merchants and traders engaged in the Indian trade of the American West.


  • "The Jay Charter: Rethinking the American National State in the West, 1796–1819." Diplomatic History, forthcoming.
  • "Party Like It's 1812: The War at 200." Tennessee Historical Quarterly, 71 (Summer 2012): 90–111.
  • "The Narcissism of Petty Differences? Thomas Jefferson, John Graves Simcoe and the Reformation of Empire in the early United States and British-Canada." American Review of Canadian Studies, 42 (June 2012): 130–41.
  • "The Transformation of the Detroit Land Market and the Formation of the Anglo-American Boundary, 1783–1796." Michigan Historical Review, 34 (Spring 2008): 83–99.













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