Stephen Tuffnell

Steve Tuffnell is Associate Professor of Modern US History and Tutorial Fellow in History at St Peter’s College. His research focusses on the global dimensions of US imperialism and migration in the nineteenth century.

Steve is currently preparing Emigrant Foreign Relations: Nation and Empire in Britain’s American Community for publication. The volume examines the centrality of the American diaspora in Britain to the transfer of goods, capital, and culture across the Atlantic.  He is also working on a history of the American diaspora in the British Empire since 1865. It focuses on American communities in Southern Africa, British East Africa, Sudan, Australia, and Burma (to name a few) and examines the transimperial relationship between the British and American empires – and the way in which this remade the globe.

He is also co-editor, with Dr Benjamin Mountford (Federation University, Australia), of Gold Rush: A Global History, forthcoming with California University Press. He has also written for The Conversation and The Independent.

Selected publications

  • Gold Rush: A Global History (forthcoming), co-edited with Benjamin Mountford
  • ‘Empires of the Rift Valley: American Steel, Colonial Labor, and Transimperialism in Britain’s East Africa Protectorate, for Kristin Hoganson and Jay Sexton, eds., Powering Up the Global: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain.
  • ‘Business in the Borderlands: American Trade in the South African Marketplace, 1886-1910,’ in David Thackeray, Andrew Thompson, and Richard Toye, eds., Imagining Markets: Conceptions of Empire, Europe, and China in Britain’s Economic Future since the 1870s.
  • 'Expatriate Foreign Relations: Britain's American Community and Transnational Approaches to the U.S. Civil War', Diplomatic History 40.4 (2016), 635-663.
  • 'Engineering Inter-Imperialism: American Miners and the Transformation of Global Mining, 1871-1910', Journal of Global History 10.1 (2015), 53-76.
    'Anglo-American Inter-Imperialism: US Expansion and the British World, c.1865-1914', Britain and the World 7.2 (2014), 174-195.
  • '"Uncle Sam is to be sacrificed": Anglophobia in Late Nineteenth-Century Politics and Culture,' American Nineteenth Century History, 12.1 (2011), 77-99.