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Stephen Tuffnell

Associate Professor of Modern US History, University of Oxford

Stephen Tuffnell is a historian of migration and empire in the nineteenth century United States. He is especially interested in examining the United States from a global perspective, and to do so focuses on American emigration, gold rushes, and Anglo-American imperial collaboration.

He completed his doctoral studies in 2013 at the University of Oxford. He held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship between 2013 and 2015. He has held fellowships at the Huntington Library, Kluge Centre (Library of Congress), and the Philips Library (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem). In 2018 he will be Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

He is currently completing his first monograph, Emigrant Foreign Relations: Nationhood and Empire in Britain’s American Community, 1790-1902. He is co-editor, with Benjamin Mountford, of Gold Rush: A Global History, soon to be available from California University Press. He is also working on a history of the American diaspora in Africa, tentatively titled, Conquest, Labour, Profit: US Empire and British Africa, 1871-1910. His work has appeared in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Global History, and Britain and the World.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Modern US History, University of Oxford


  • 2013 
    University of Oxford, DPhil History