Ken MacMillan researches and teaches the history of early modern England and the Atlantic World, circa 1500-1800. He has published two monographs, Sovereignty and Possession in the English New World: The Legal Foundations of Empire (2006), and The Atlantic Imperial Constitution: Center and Periphery in the English Atlantic World (2011), which examine the role of the English crown in the Tudor and Stuart Atlantic empire. His edited books are John Dee: The Limits of the British Empire (2004), an annotated edition of a recently-discovered imperial manuscript written in 1577-78, and Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England (2015), a collection of thirty pamphlets describing serious crimes such as murder and witchcraft. He has also published more than two dozen articles and chapters on subjects such as English and English Atlantic law, empire, diplomacy, cartography, and crime. His current research examines conquest and empire in Elizabethan England, research that is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.
Dr. MacMillan is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, Killam Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty and Educational Leadership. In 2016, he was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada's highest teaching recognition for post-secondary educators, by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.