University of Calgary

Ken MacMillan

  • Professor

Research and Teaching

Ken MacMillan teaches and researches the history of early modern England and the Atlantic World, circa 1500-1800. He is a 3M National Teaching Fellow, Canada's highest post-secondary teaching recognition awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 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. He is also working on a textbook for the University of Toronto Press on the subject of death in early modern England.

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