Isaac Lee


Advisor: Gloria Whiting

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I am a Ph.D. Candidate broadly interested in the histories of race, slavery, and colonialism in the early modern Atlantic world. My research explores the relationship between slavery and state development with a particular emphasis on the responsibilities of minor local officials in colonial New England. My dissertation asks how slavery and Atlantic trade impacted the responsibilities and actions of local officials in New England port towns in the decades between the Glorious Revolution and the Imperial Crisis.


M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., w/ Honors in Major, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • Making “Sufficient Wayes”: Working on the Streets of Colonial Boston

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Slavery’s Commonwealths: Local Power and Political Development in Atlantic New England, 1689-1763”

Selected Publications

Selected Awards

  • Research Fellowship, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium
  • Department of History, Early Excellence TA Award, 2020-2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Historical Association (AHA)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 101 – American History to the Civil War Era, Professor Gloria Whiting, Fall 2020
  • History 102 – American History from the Civil War to the Present, Professor Allison Powers Usche, Spring 2021

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 136 – Sports, Recreation, and Society in the U.S., Summer 2023