Kyle Zelner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of History

I am trained as a social historian and War and Society scholar of Early America (1600-1800). As such, I look at war and the military “from the bottom up,” studying the consequences of conflict on communities, soldiers, non-combatants, societies, and cultures. I also focus on how a historical society’s ideals and values influenced the makeup of its armed forces and the way it fought its wars.

I am also interested in the social history of Early America more generally, especially the study of communities. I have directed an undergraduate Honors thesis on loyalists in the American Revolution and am currently directing one for a student examining the history of gender in colonial New England through the lens of crimes of sexual deviance.

I am eager to help students study any aspect of Early American History, from 1600 to 1800.

A Rabble in Arms: Massachusetts Towns and Militiamen during King Philip’s War. (The Warfare and Culture Series). New York: New York University Press, 2009.

“Essex County’s Two Militias: The Social Composition of Offensive and Defensive Militia during King Philip's War, 1675–1676” The New England Quarterly 72, no. 4 (December 1999): 577-593.

“The Importance of Early American Military History” Footnotes: The Newsletter of FPRI’s Wachman Center for International Education. Vol. 13 no. 20 (August 2008) Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute.

“Samuel Appleton,” “Bloody Brook Massacre,” “Committee of Militia,” “Fort Michili-mackinac,” “Great Swamp Fight,” “Hungry March,” “King Philip’s War,” and “Sudbury Fight” in The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775: A Political, Social, and Military History, edited by Spencer Tucker, (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Press, 2008).

“North American Colonial Wars to 1775” in ABC-CLIO’s subscription web site The United States at War: Understanding Conflict and Society, edited by Lee W. Eysturlid (c. 20,000 words).

“Benjamin Church,” “Battle of the Great Swamp,” “King Philip,” “Role and Organization of the Militia 1607–1815,” “New England Confederation,” “Francis Nicholson,” “William Pepperell,” “Sir William Phips,” “William Shirley,” “Miles Standish,” and “John Underhill” in The Encyclopedia of U.S. Military History, edited by Spencer C. Tucker, (New York: Facts on File Press, 2003).

“Increase Mather,” “Benjamin Church,” “Reverend William Hubbard,” “Mary Rowlandson,” “Robert Rogers,” and “Benjamin Thompson” in An Encyclopedia of American War Literature, edited by Mark A. Graves and Philip K. Jason (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000).