Professor Charles V. Reed, Ph.D, FRHistS

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Institutional Affiliation:  Department of Social Sciences, Elizabeth City State University


I am a social and cultural historian of modern Britain and the British Empire, with particular interest in southern Africa, at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland where I studied with Richard Price. I don’t think of myself as a scholar of royalty or monarchy as much as someone interested in the ways in which colonial subjects imagined their places in a world shaped by empire — and have found royals and monarchy frequently intersecting with and central to those visions.

Current research projects on modern monarchy:

Queen Victoria: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming).

An Empire of Justice: Britishness, Respectability, and Citizenship in Colonial South Africa, 1840-1923

Forthcoming, current or recent research publications on modern monarchy:

Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911Studies in Imperialism (Manchester University Press, 2016; paperback edition, 2018).

“Prince Consort of the World,” English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, ed. Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, Joanna Laynesmith, Danna Messer, and Elena Woodacre  (London Palgrave MacMillan, 2022).

“Global Tourists, Imperial Princes: The Gaekwads of Baroda in Britain, Empire, and the World, 1875-1930s,” Global Royal Families, ed. Robert Aldrich, Cindy McCreery, and Falko Schnicke (forthcoming, proposed to Oxford University Press).

“Royalty, Loyalism, and Citizenship in the Late Nineteenth-Century British Settler Empire,” in Royals on Tour: Politics and Pageantry in Colonies and Metropoles, ed. Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018).



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