Cameron Strang

Cameron Strang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Cameron Strang


Cameron B. Strang is an early Americanist who focuses on the history of science, borderlands, Native America and the Atlantic world. His first book, "Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850" (winner of the Summerlee Book Prize and the Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award), was published in 2018. He has received support for his research from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Science Foundation, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study and several other institutions. His articles include prize-winning pieces in The William and Mary Quarterly and The Journal of American History, and he is co-editor of a special edition of Early American Studies on the environment in early America. He also co-edited HOSLAC: The History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently working on a second book project, a history of Native American explorers.


  • Early America
  • Borderlands
  • History of science
  • Atlantic history
  • Native American history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 101: U.S. History to 1877
  • HIST 406D/606D: The Civil War in American Culture
  • HIST 410A/610A: American Intellectual/Cultural History I
  • HIST 411/611: U.S. Colonial Period to 1750
  • HIST 412/612: Revolution and New Republic
  • HIST 413/613: U.S. History from 1815 to 1877
  • HIST 416/618: U.S.-Amerindian Relations
  • HIST 721: Seminar in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History
  • HIST 785: U.S. Historiography


  • Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2018).
  • "Perpetual War and Natural Knowledge in the United States, 1775-1860," Journal of the Early Republic 38, 3 (fall 2018), 387-413.
  • "Planters and Powerbrokers: George J.F. Clarke, Interracial Love, and Allegiance in the Revolutionary circum-Caribbean," in Entangled Empires: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830, ed. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (Philadelphia, 2018), 142-158.
  • "Scientific Instructions and Native American Linguistics in the Imperial United States: The Department of War's 1826 Vocabulary," Journal of the Early Republic 37, 3 (fall 2017), 399-427.
  • "The Environment and Early America," special issue of Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 13, 2 (spring 2015), co-edited with Christopher Parsons.
  • "Violence, Ethnicity, and Human Remains during the Second Seminole War," The Journal of American History 100, 4 (March 2014), 973-994.
  • "Indian Storytelling, Scientific Knowledge, and Power in the Florida Borderlands," The William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 70, 4 (Oct. 2013), 671-700.
  • "The Mason-Dixon and Proclamation Lines: Land Surveying and Native Americans in Pennsylvania's Borderlands," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 136, 1 (2012), 5-23.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire, 2008
  • B.A., McGill University, 2004