Thomas Cogswell
Professor of History
Ph.D., Washington University , 1983

Areas of specialization: British history, especially the early modern period

(951) 827-1997


Anxious to delay the seemingly inevitable slide from undergraduate degree to law school, Cogswell fled to graduate school. Yet the temporary refuge unexpectedly turned into a steady job, after the Fulbright Commission underwrote two years of research in London. He subsequently taught at Kentucky and Harvard before coming to UCR in 1999.

Cogswell has published The Blessed Revolution: English Politics and the Coming of War, 1621-1624 (Cambridge, 1989) and Home Divisions: Aristocracy, the State and Provincial Conflict (Stanford, 1998); and co-editedPolitics, Religion and Popularity (Cambridge, 2002). In addition to articles in The Historical Journal, The Journal of British History, The English Historical Review, History, The Journal of Modern History, and The Huntington Library Quarterly, he also published several essays in edited collections, one of which won the Walter Love Prize from the North American Conference of British Studies. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Wadham College, Oxford.

In 2013, thanks to an ACLS Collaborative Fellowship and an extensive diet of police procedurals, he will be working with Alastair Bellany [Rutgers University] on two books: The Murder of James I and England's Assassin: John Felton and the Killing of the Duke of Buckingham. His latest article, "The Return of 'the Dead Alive': the Earl of Bristol, Dr. Eglisham and the Destabilization of Caroline Political Culture" will shortly appear in the English Historical Review. In short, by staying busy, Cogswell hopes to postpone those introductory classes on property law and personal injury.