Field: Atlantic World/Colonial America

Contact Info:
2125 JFSB
(801) 422-3277

Current Classes:

  • Hist 22​0: United States to 1877
  • Hist 370: Colonial America to 1763

Classes Taught:
  • Hist 220: United States to 1877
  • Hist 262: France and the Americas
  • Hist 294: Eighteenth-Century Revolutions: America, France, Haiti
  • Hist 362: France and the Americas
  • Hist 370: Colonial America to 1763
  • Hist 390: Eighteenth-Century Revolutions: America, France, and Haiti
  • Hist 490: Historical Research and Writing



Christopher Hodson specializes in colonial and Atlantic history, with an emphasis on the early modern French empire, comparative imperialism, and early modern diasporas. After earning his PhD. from Northwestern University in 2004, Chris spent two years as an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 he came to BYU, where he teaches both upper- and lower-division courses in the Department of History. His first book, The Acadian Diaspora: An Eighteenth-Century History, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. His next project, to be co-authored with Brett Rushforth of the College of William and Mary, is entitled Discovering Empire: France and the Atlantic World from the Age of the Crusades to the Rise of Napoleon. It will be published by Basic Books. Chris’s articles have appeared in several journals, including Early American StudiesEighteenth-Century Studies, French Historical Studies,Outre-mers: révue d’histoire, and the William and Mary Quarterly. He lives in Springville, Utah, with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.