Dr Oliver Charbonneau

  • Lecturer in American History (History)

Research interests

I am a historian of American foreign relations (broadly defined). My scholarship explores colonial empire as a constitutive force in the rise of U.S. global power during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am interested in the construction and structures of American colonialism(s); the permeable boundaries between the domestic and the imperial; the multifaceted experiences of colonised societies; the ways Americans learned from other empires; and the practice of colonial violence within U.S.-controlled territories.

My first book, Civilizational Imperatives: Americans, Moros, and the Colonial World, tells the story of U.S. rule in the Southern Philippines, following empire-builders and indigenous actors across four decades (1899-1942). It attends to a range of topics: the racialisation of Muslim Moro populations; the character of the civilising mission in Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago; the reliance on fear and massacre in the daily life of the colony; and the pervasive transregional exchanges that patterned American governance. Articles and book chapters derived from the project have analysed Moro individuals and groups visiting the United States, the role of frontier vernaculars and practices in white settler colonialism on Mindanao, and the hybrid character of the U.S. colonial state in the Southern Philippines.

My next project takes an expansive view of the interconnected histories that shaped North American settler colonial expansion, Jim Crow segregation, and U.S. overseas empire. I am interested in how transnational / transimperial networks created architectures of racialised rule across disparate geographies. My initial research focuses on the annual Lake Mohonk Friends of the Indian and Other Dependent Peoples conferences held in Upstate New York between 1883 and 1916, which brought together policymakers, missionaries, military officers, businesspeople, and others engaged in “civilising” non-white societies. The conferences provide crucial evidence that deracinating and assimilationist programmes in the American West, the Pacific colonies, and the New South shared intellectual genealogies with one another and with European colonialisms.

Beyond my specialist training, I am interested in a variety of other areas including the role of frontiers in global history, comparative mass violence, digital history / digital humanities initiatives, and visual archives of empire. Anyone frustrated by perennial ill fortune in a fantasy baseball league is free to commiserate at my office (coffee provided).


Publications

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Number of items: 13.

2020

Charbonneau, O. (2020) Civilizational Imperatives: Americans, Moros, and the Colonial World. Series: The United States in the world. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY. (In Press)

Charbonneau, O. (2020) The permeable south: imperial interactivities in the Islamic Philippines, 1899-1930s. In: Hoganson, K. L. and Sexton, J. (eds.) Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain. Series: American encounters/global interactions. Duke University Press: Durham, NC, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9781478006947 (In Press)

2019

Charbonneau, O. (2019) Charbonneau on Walter, 'Colonial Violence: European Empires and the Use of Force'. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 5 Dec. [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2019) “A New West in Mindanao”: Settler Fantasies on the U.S. Imperial Fringe. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 18(3), pp. 304-323. (doi: 10.1017/S1537781418000634)

Charbonneau, O. (2019) Review of D. Immerwahr. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019). H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review] (Accepted for Publication)

2018

Charbonneau, O. (2018) Review of del Mar Narbona Logroño, Maria; Pinto, Paulo G.; Karam, John Tofik, eds., Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2018) Visiting the metropole: Muslim colonial subjects in the United States, 1904-1927. Diplomatic History, 42(2), pp. 204-227. (doi: 10.1093/dh/dhx062)

2017

Charbonneau, O. (2017) Review of Mckenzie, Kirsten, Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

2016

Charbonneau, O. (2016) Review of Walther, Karine V., Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2016) Review of Wolfgang Reinhard (ed), Empires and Encounters, 1350-1750. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

2015

Charbonneau, O. (2015) Annekie Joubert (in collaboration with Gerrie Grobler, Inge Kosch and Lize Kriel). Ethnography from the Mission Field: The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015. 1145 pp. ISBN: 9789004297722. $301.00. Itinerario, 39(3), pp. 527-529. (doi: 10.1017/S0165115315000674)[Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2015) Review of Holmes, Kent. Wendell Fertig and His Guerrilla Forces in the Philippines: Fighting the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

2014

Charbonneau, O. (2014) "The Moro problem": race, religion, and American colonial empire in the Southern Philippines, 1899-1939. In: Biagini, A. and Motta, G. (eds.) Empires and Nations from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century. Cambridge Scholarly Publishers: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 36-44. ISBN 9781443860178

This list was generated on Tue May 26 17:51:54 2020 BST.
Number of items: 13.

Articles

Charbonneau, O. (2019) “A New West in Mindanao”: Settler Fantasies on the U.S. Imperial Fringe. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 18(3), pp. 304-323. (doi: 10.1017/S1537781418000634)

Charbonneau, O. (2018) Visiting the metropole: Muslim colonial subjects in the United States, 1904-1927. Diplomatic History, 42(2), pp. 204-227. (doi: 10.1093/dh/dhx062)

Books

Charbonneau, O. (2020) Civilizational Imperatives: Americans, Moros, and the Colonial World. Series: The United States in the world. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, NY. (In Press)

Book Sections

Charbonneau, O. (2020) The permeable south: imperial interactivities in the Islamic Philippines, 1899-1930s. In: Hoganson, K. L. and Sexton, J. (eds.) Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain. Series: American encounters/global interactions. Duke University Press: Durham, NC, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9781478006947 (In Press)

Charbonneau, O. (2014) "The Moro problem": race, religion, and American colonial empire in the Southern Philippines, 1899-1939. In: Biagini, A. and Motta, G. (eds.) Empires and Nations from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century. Cambridge Scholarly Publishers: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 36-44. ISBN 9781443860178

Book Reviews

Charbonneau, O. (2019) Charbonneau on Walter, 'Colonial Violence: European Empires and the Use of Force'. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, 5 Dec. [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2019) Review of D. Immerwahr. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019). H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review] (Accepted for Publication)

Charbonneau, O. (2018) Review of del Mar Narbona Logroño, Maria; Pinto, Paulo G.; Karam, John Tofik, eds., Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2017) Review of Mckenzie, Kirsten, Imperial Underworld: An Escaped Convict and the Transformation of the British Colonial Order. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2016) Review of Walther, Karine V., Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2016) Review of Wolfgang Reinhard (ed), Empires and Encounters, 1350-1750. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2015) Annekie Joubert (in collaboration with Gerrie Grobler, Inge Kosch and Lize Kriel). Ethnography from the Mission Field: The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015. 1145 pp. ISBN: 9789004297722. $301.00. Itinerario, 39(3), pp. 527-529. (doi: 10.1017/S0165115315000674)[Book Review]

Charbonneau, O. (2015) Review of Holmes, Kent. Wendell Fertig and His Guerrilla Forces in the Philippines: Fighting the Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences, [Book Review]

This list was generated on Tue May 26 17:51:54 2020 BST.

Supervision

I welcome students with research projects on the global and imperial dimensions of U.S. history. I am most comfortable supervising topics that fall within my period of study (1860s-1930s) but am happy to make exceptions where merited. Some themes might include:

  • U.S. continental or overseas colonialism
  • The impact of empire on American institutions
  • State / settler violence in domestic or foreign contexts
  • Industrial education and child removal programmes
  • Inter-imperial relations / Transimperial exchanges / Imperial comparisons
  • Indigenous experiences of / responses to settler colonial empire
  • Imperial tourism and exhibitions
  • Race-making in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
  • Labour regimes in imperial settings
  • Moral reformers, missionaries, and educators in U.S. colonies
  • The frontier as idea and practice

I am always delighted to hear about potential new projects, so please don’t hesitate to send a line!