Ruma Chopra



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University of California, Davis, PhD, 2008 (History)
University at Albany, MA (Linguistics & Pedagogy)
Carnegie Mellon University, MA (English) 
Carnegie Mellon University, BS (English) 


Comparative and global history; higher education & the 60-year curriculum


Between God and Darwin: Early Modern Transitions in the Understanding of Climate (Columbia University Press, under contract).

Almost Home: Maroons between Slavery and Freedom in Jamaica, Nova Scotia, and Sierra Leone(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018). 

Choosing Sides: Loyalists in Revolutionary America(Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2013).

Unnatural Rebellion: Loyalists in New York City during the Revolution (University of Virginia Press, 2011).


"Leaving Nova Scotia: Sierra Leone and Free Black People, 1792-1800" in Karly Kehoe and Michael Vance (eds), Reappraisals of British Colonization in Atlantic Canada (University of Edinburgh Press, 2020).

“Rethinking the Historiography of Coolie Integration in British Caribbean Cities,” MMG Working Paper 19-01 (Göttingen, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 2019).

“The Royalist Maroons of Jamaica in the British Atlantic World, 1740–1800,” in Varia História (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2019).

“Post-War Loyalist Hopes: ‘To Be Parts and Not Dependencies of the Empire,’” in R. Brannon and J.S. Moore (eds) Loyalty and Revolution: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon (University of South Carolina Press, 2019).

“‘Wayward Humours’ and ‘Perverse Disputings’: Exiled Blacks and the Foundation of Sierra Leone, 1787–1800,” in B.N. Lawrance and N.R. Carpenter (eds) Africans in Exile: Mobility, Law, and Identity, Past and Present, (Indiana University Press, 2018).

“Maroons and Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia: 1796–1800,” in Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region XLVI, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2017): 5–23.

“Loyalist Women during the Revolutionary Era,” in T.A. Foster (ed) Women in Early America (New York University Press, 2015).


ACE Fellow
Hodson Trust-JCB Library Fellowship (Brown University)
Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington DC)
Ludwig Maximilian University Centre for Global History (Munich)
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Munich)
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen)
Social Science Research Council (Göttingen)
Gilder Lehrman Institute (New York City)