Andrew Lipman is a historian of Early America who joined the Barnard faculty in 2015 after five years teaching at Syracuse University. His research interests include the Atlantic World, early America, Native Americans, violence, technology, and the environment. His first book, The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, was a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in Nonfiction, the PROSE Award in U.S. History, and winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History. He is presently completing a book manuscript titled The Death and Life of Squanto.
Lipman’s work has appeared in Common-place, Early American Studies, Reviews in American History, and The William and Mary Quarterly and he’s contributed pieces to Slate and TIME. His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, The Huntington Library, The International Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard, John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, and the New-York Historical Society. He has also consulted exhibits and programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, and N-YHS, and served as a consultant for television series including Finding Your Roots (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC), and Frontiersmen (History Channel). He is an elected fellow of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
At Barnard, Lipman teaches a variety of courses, including “Introduction to American History to 1865,” “Early America to 1763,” “Revolutionary America, 1763-1815,” “Colonial Gotham: The History of New York City, 1609-1776,” and “A History of Violence: Force and Power in Early America.” He also leads graduate seminars at Columbia on Early American History and Native American History.
- B.A. (hons) in History, Vassar College, 2001
- M.St. (hons) in Modern History, Oxford University, 2003
- Ph.D. in History, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
“Maritime Borderlands,” in Paul Mapp, Eliga Gould, and Carla Pestana, eds., The Cambridge History of America and the World, Volume 1 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2021): 60-79.
“No More Middle Grounds?” Reviews in American History 44.1 (March 2016): 24-30.
The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015.
Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History, Finalist for the New England Society Book Award, Honorable Mention for the PROSE Award in U.S. History.
Excerpted as “Masters of the Atlantic: The Forgotten Contest Between Colonists and Seafaring Indians For Control of the American Coast,” Slate Magazine, November 24, 2015.
“Buying and Selling Staten Island: The Curious Case of the 1670 Deed to Aquehonga Manacknong,” Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early America 15.2 (Winter 2015).
Republished as “A Hard Bargain: Native Americans Sold Staten Island Under Duress—But Not Before New York Made Surprising Concessions,” Slate Magazine, April 28, 2015.
“Murder on the Saltwater Frontier: The Death of John Oldham,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (May 2011): 268-294.
“‘A meanes to knitt them togeather’: The Exchange of Body Parts in the Pequot War,” The William and Mary Quarterly 65.1 (January 2008): 3-28.
2019 Elected Member, Colonial Society of Massachusetts.
2017-2018 NEH Long-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library.
2016 Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
2012-2013 Mellon Fellowship, New-York Historical Society.
2012 Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society.
2012 Short-Term Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library.
2011 Travel Grant, Harvard Atlantic Seminar.
2011 Short-Term Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society.
2011 Appleby-Mosher Research Grant, Syracuse University.
2009-2010 SAS Completion Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2008 Cochran Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania.
2004-2009 Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2003 First-Class Honours, University of Oxford.
2002-2003 Travel Grant, History Faculty, University of Oxford.
2002-2003 Maguire Fellowship for Graduate Study, Vassar College.
2001 Revell Carr Fellowship, Williams-Mystic Program.
2001 Chen Zen History Thesis Prize, Vassar College.
2001 Griffen American History Prize, Vassar College.
2001 General and Departmental Honors, Vassar College.
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