HS11 The Central New York Early Americas Consortium


The Central New York Early Americas Consortium is a regional collaboration of faculty and graduate students of early North American, Caribbean, and Latin American history. We foster a transnational approach to the history of the early Americas.


Active since: 2020

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

This consortium fosters collaboration and exchange among History faculty and graduate students who study the early Americas, broadly defined to span from c.1400 to 1800. By adopting an expansive geographic perspective that includes North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, we promote scholarly discussion across present-day national boundaries. As scholars whose work draws on documents in Spanish, French, Portuguese, English, and a number of Native American and African languages, we are also committed to using linguistic diversity to incorporate a range of historical actors.

Creating a forum for regular interactions and exchanges between faculty and graduate students from institutions across Central New York serves several goals. First, the consortium will give historians from the region an opportunity to interact without having to travel to larger national or international conferences. Although all participating Corridor institutions have at least one early American historian on faculty, many of these individuals have not yet had the chance to meet. The consortium will allow them to develop working relationships with colleagues, laying the groundwork for future collaborations such as conference panels, talks, and colloquia.

Graduate students will also benefit from interacting with faculty and fellow students throughout the region, allowing them to widen their scholarly and professional networks. As cohorts of History graduate students continue to shrink, the consortium will offer a built-in regional peer group for MA and PhD students, while consortium-sponsored events will be critical to students’ professional development. By providing historians at various stages of their careers with opportunities to receive feedback on work in progress, the consortium will serve as a forum for peer review, an essential element of producing good scholarship.

The activities proposed for spring 2021 represent the first step in what we envision as a long-term inter-institutional collaboration. Our working group will continue to meet, circulate, and offer feedback on work in progress each semester, moving to in-person meetings as conditions allow. In addition to fostering a sense of community across institutions, the consortium will draw attention to the strong cohort of historians of the early Americas in the Central New York area. Ultimately, we aim to put Central New York on the map of regions with a strong contingent of scholars of the early Americas.

Group Organizers

Casey Schmitt

Assistant Professor of History

Tessa Murphy

Assistant Professor of History