Grant E. Stanton

Grant E. Stanton

Ph.D. Candidate

Colonial & Early America; Atlantic World; Intellectual History

Grant E. Stanton is a third year doctoral student whose research interests range widely across the landscape of early modern American (pre-1865) and Atlantic intellectual history. Before coming to Penn, Grant taught courses in American and World history at Bakersfield College, and received his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Chicago and the University of California - Santa Barbara, respectively.

Grant's dissertation studies the rich insult culture of eighteenth-century America and the Atlantic World, with a particular view to the role insults played in initiating, framing, and exacerbating the American Revolution. Grant is also currently studying the crystallization of a unique philosophy of history in mid-nineteenth-century America; one which underscores an imaginative, and at times even playful, engagement with time by Americans across the political spectrum. Previous to these projects, Grant has also researched the role of African American "freedom petitions" in the American Revolution. In that effort he argued that prior scholars have underappreciated how Massachusetts' black colonials were constitutive of -- rather than exterior to -- the Revolutionary moment and its language of liberty. 

Much of his prior work may be found here:


M.A., Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2017
B.A., History and Political Science, University of California - Santa Barbara, 2016

Research Interests

17th-19th-century American history; 17th-19th-century Atlantic history; Trans-Atlantic Enlightenment and Revolution; American Renaissance; Intellectual history -- moral, metaphysical, political, and legal; Philosophical anthropology; Philosophy of history