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David Armitage

Faculty Associate & Seminar Chair


David Armitage

Armitage is the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard and former Chair of the History Department. He is currently working on a history of ideas of civil war from Rome to the present and an edition of John Locke’s colonial writings. He is the author of 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 eight books, 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).


  • Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
  • Chair, History Department, Harvard University
  • CES Semianr Co-chair, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, CES