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Colley, Prof. Linda Jane free

CBE 2009; PhD; FRHistS; FBA 1999; FRSL

Born 13 Sept. 1949; d of Roy Colley and Marjorie (née Hughes); m 1982, David Nicholas Cannadine (see Sir David Cannadine); one d decd

Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, Princeton University, since 2003 (Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities, 2013–14)


Bristol Univ. (BA); Cambridge Univ. (MA, PhD)


University of Cambridge: Eugenie Strong Research Fellow, Girton Coll., 1975–78; Fellow: Newnham Coll., 1978–79; Christ’s Coll., 1979–81 (Hon. Fellow, 2006); Yale University: Dir, Lewis Walpole Liby, 1982–96; Asst Prof., History, 1982–85; Associate Prof., 1985–90; Prof., History, 1990–92; Richard M. Colgate Prof. of History, 1992–98. Sch. Prof. in History and Leverhulme Personal Res. Prof., European Inst., LSE, 1998–2003. Hooker Distinguished Vis. Prof., McMaster Univ., 1999; Glaxo Smith Kline Sen. Fellow, Nat. Humanities Center, NC, 2006; Adjunct Prof., Humanities Res. Centre, ANU, 2006–; Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellow, Huntington Liby, Calif, 2010; Birkelund Fellow, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, NY Public Liby, 2013–14; Long-term Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, 2017– (Fellow, 2016–17); John Simon Guggenheim Meml Fellow, 2017. Journalism and work on radio and TV; writer and presenter, Acts of Union and Disunion series, BBC Radio 4, 2014. Lectures: Anstey, Univ. of Kent, 1994; William Church Meml, Brown Univ., 1994; Dist. (in British Hist.), Univ. of Texas at Austin, 1995; Trevelyan, Cambridge Univ., 1997; Wiles, QUB, 1997; Hayes Robinson, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London, 1998; Ford Special, Oxford Univ., 1998; Bliss Carnochan, Stanford Humanities Center, 1998; Prime Minister’s Millennium, 1999; Ena H. Thompson, Pomona Coll., Calif, 2001; Raleigh, British Acad., 2002; Nehru, London, 2003; Bateson, Oxford Univ., 2003; Chancellor Dunning Trust, Queen’s Univ., Ont., 2004; Byrn, Vanderbilt Univ., 2005; Annual Internat. Hist., LSE, 2006; C. P. Snow, Christ’s Coll., Cambridge, 2007; Political Sci. Quarterly, 2007; Victoria County Hist., 2007; President’s, Princeton Univ., 2007; Gordon B. Hinkley in British Studies, Univ. of Utah, 2010; Bosley-Warnock, Univ. of Delaware, 2010; Martin Wright, Univ. of Sussex, 2011; Kayser, George Washington Univ., 2011; Indian Social and Econ. Hist. Rev., Delhi, 2011; Ubbelohde, Case Western Univ., 2011; Max Weber, Eur. Univ., Florence, 2012; John Coffin Meml, Univ. of London, 2012; Iredell, Univ. of Lancaster, 2012; Macmillan, Univ. of Toronto, 2013; Ralph Miliband, LSE, 2014; Gomes, Emmanuel Coll., Cambridge, 2015; Robbs, Univ. of Auckland, 2015; Aylmer, Univ. of York, 2015; Donald W. Sutherland Lect. in Legal Hist., Univ. of Iowa, 2015; Jefferson Foundn, Univ. of Virginia, 2016; Lowell Humanities, Boston Coll., 2016; John Mackintosh, Univ. of Edinburgh, 2016; Biennial Gen., Royal Swedish Acad. of Scis, Stockholm, 2018; Winter, London Rev. of Books, 2018; Castle, Univ. of Durham, 2018; Arts and Humanities, UCD, 2018; Dist. Lect. in History, Wesleyan Univ., 2018. Mem., Steering Gp, Rev. of REF UK, BIS, 2016. Guest Curator, exhibn, Taking Liberties: the struggle for Britain’s freedoms and rights, BL, 2008–09. Member: Council, Tate Gall. of British Art, 1999–2003; BL Bd, 1999–2003; Adv. Council, Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, 1998–2003; Bd, Princeton Univ. Press, 2007–; Res. Cttee, BM, 2012–. MAE 2010. FRHistS 1988; FRSL 2004. Hon. DLitt: South Bank, 1998; UEA, 2005; Bristol, 2006; Hull, 2012; DUniv Essex, 2004; Hon. Dr QUB, 2019


In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714–60, 1982; Namier, 1989; Crown Pictorial: art and the British monarchy, 1990; Britons: forging the nation 1707–1837, 1992 (Wolfson History Prize, 1993); Captives: Britain, Empire and the world 1600–1850, 2002; The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh, 2007; Taking Stock of Taking Liberties, 2008; Acts of Union and Disunion, 2014; The Constitutions of Danger: war and the writing of a modern world, 2020; numerous articles and reviews in UK and USA jls


travel, looking at art, politics


Department of History, Princeton University, 129 Dickinson Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544–1017



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