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David Armitage

Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair


David Armitage

David Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. At CES he co-chairs the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History.

He is currently working on a longue-durée history of treaty-making and treaty-breaking and completing and an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings. He is the author of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas (2017), Foundations of Modern International Thought (2013), The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007), The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000), and co-author of The History Manifesto (2014). In addition, Armitage is the editor or co-editor of eleven books, among them Oceanic Histories (2018), The Law of Nations in Global Context (2017), Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People (2014), The Age of Revolutions in Global Context, c. 1760–1840 (2010), and The British Atlantic World, 1500–1800 (revised edition, 2009).

This information is accurate for the time period that the faculty associate is affiliated with CES.


  • Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
  • CES Faculty Associate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University