Tom Cutterham


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Dr Cutterham is able to co-supervise post-graduate work in many areas of Atlantic and American history, from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. He is particularly interested in projects which address the eighteenth-century transformations of the British Atlantic world, including the American Revolution, and in work which seeks to grapple with the history of commerce, capitalism, and/or political thought in this period.


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Personal profile


Before arriving at Birmingham in 2016, Tom spent ten years at the University of Oxford. He took his undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees at St Hugh’s College, followed by three years as the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College. His studies were supported by the Rothermere American Institute, where he co-convened the US History graduate seminar and the seminar in Atlantic World history. He also hosted the RAI’s 2013 international conference, “Charles Beard, Economic Interpretation, and History.” Since reaching Birmingham, Tom has presented at a joint session of the Modern & Contemporary History and Reformation & Early Modern History seminars, organised a one-day symposium on “History and Public Policy,” hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Alan Taylor, and participated in the BRIHC political economy work-in-progress seminar. He also writes for a variety of venues, including Times Higher EducationThe Nation, and the early American history blog The Junto. You can find out more on his personal website,

Research interests

Tom’s current work focuses on the Atlantic World in the late-eighteenth century Age of Revolutions. He is writing a biography of Angelica Schuyler Church, which explores the processes of bourgeois class-formation in this period through the lens of her ideas, exploits, and transatlantic voyages. This project has benefited from the support of the International Center for Thomas Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Virginia. He is also working on a number of articles about merchants, finance, and commerce in the 1780s.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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