Alyssa Reichardt

I am a PhD candidate in the history department at Yale, where I study eighteenth-century North America and the Atlantic World. I graduated from Duke University in 2009, where I received my AB in History and Public Policy Studies, as well as a certificate in Documentary Studies. I am also currently a coordinator of Transitions to Modernity, a colloquium at the MacMillan Center at Yale, and co-chair of Yale Early American Historians (YEAH).

My dissertation examines the contest between French, British, and indigenous empires for the Ohio Valley from a continental and transatlantic perspective, with an emphasis on the role of communication networks and infrastructure. My other on-going project, which centers on William Johnson and the Brant family, uncovers a cultural and political campaign to create a genteel Mohawk elite in pre-revolutionary New York.

Before graduate school, I worked as a photographer and musician, and, in my spare time, I still enjoy jamming with friends. You can also find me attempting to build furniture, hunting for mid-century chairs, and unapologetically devouring pop culture.