Peter C. Mancall is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities; Professor of History and Anthropology; the Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute; and Divisional for the Humanities at the University of Southern California.
He is the author of six books including Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic (Penn, 2018); Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson–A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic (Basic Books, 2009); Hakluyt's Promise: An Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America (Yale, 2007) and Deadly Medicine: Indians and Alcohol in Early America (Cornell, 1995). His latest book, The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, his Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New England, appeared with Yale University Press in November 2019. He is currently writing American Origins, which will be Volume I of the Oxford History of the United States.
In 2012 he delivered the Mellon Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and the Royal Historical Society, and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. He gained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1986.