Andrew Lipman

Associate Professor of History




802 Milstein Center
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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, The Death and Life of Squanto, 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. (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. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, in press.

“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.

“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. 

2017-2018       NEH Long-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library.

2016                Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

2012-2013       Long-Term 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.

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.

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