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Andrew Lipman

Assistant Professor of History




802 Milstein Center / Office Hours: TBD


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. His next book, Squanto's Odyssey, is under contract with Yale University Press. 

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 and the Museum of the City of New York, and served as a consultant for television series including Finding Your Roots (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC), and Frontiersmen (History Channel). In 2017, he was elected as a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

At Barnard, Lipman teaches a variety of courses, including “Survey of American Civilization to the Civil War,” “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., Vassar College, 2001 
  • M.St., Oxford University, 2003 
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010 

The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015.

“No More Middle Grounds?” Reviews in American History 44.1 (March 2016): 24-30.

“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).

“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. 

In The News

In recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month (November), Barnard highlights historic Manhattan areas where the Lenape peoples lived for centuries.

November 1, 2019

Honor awarded to exceptional writing in the field of American history

March 16, 2016

In his first book, The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, Prof. Lipman explores the clash between colonial forces and Native tribes from a maritime perspective

February 5, 2016