Blake Grindon

Blake Grindon (she/her)

Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research Interests: The American Revolution, African American History, Canadian History, Cultural History, Early America, French and British Imperialism, Military History, Native American History, History of Slavery, History of Race, and Visual and Material Culture

Education: PhD, Princeton University

I am a cultural historian focusing on war and colonialism in eighteenth-century North America. My dissertation, which I am developing into a book, is a microhistorical study centered around the death of Jane McCrea. This project examines how during the American Revolutionary War Native Americans, colonists, and Europeans asserted political sovereignty by claiming culturally distinct codes of violence. In this project and in my research more generally, I investigate the development of ideas of race and those ideas’ relationship to practices of intercultural brokerage, captivity, and warfare. I am especially interested in how visual and material sources can illuminate the intersections between global political events and the lives of individuals, both well-known and obscure.
I received my PhD from Princeton University, and my work has also been supported by funding from the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, the John Carter Brown Library, the Omohundro Institute, the Winterthur Museum and Library, and the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society.

“Kahnawake-French Diplomacy and the Multiple Meanings of the American Revolutionary War in the Northeast,” in Underrepresented Voices of the American Revolution, ed. Cassie Cloutier, Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, and Serena Zabin (in preparation).

“Hilliard d’Auberteuil’s Mis Mac Rea: A Story of the American Revolution in the French Atlantic,” William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 4 (October 2022).