Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt

I’m 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 with an AB in History and Public Policy Studies, as well as a certificate in Documentary Studies.

My dissertation examines the contest between French, British, and indigenous empires for the American interior, and maps the development of continental and transatlantic communications infrastructure over the long Seven Years’ War. 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.