Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: history@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of History
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Ian Chambers

Ian Chambers, Ph.D.

Office: Admin 311C
Phone: 208-885-5777
Email: chambers@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: History Department
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of History
Assistant Professor

Home Town: Derby, England
With UI Since 2007

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Colonial America
    • Native America
    • Revolutionary America
    • History of Piracy
  • Biography
    Ian Chambers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, and a faculty member of American Indian Studies, American Studies, and Women Studies programs. He received his BA and MA from the University of Warwick in England before moving to the University of California Riverside for his doctoral work. He has been a Rockefeller fellow at Colonial Williamsburg, the recipient of a NEH summer fellowship and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    His research looks at the role that spatial understanding, both mental and physical, played during colonialism. Specifically he examines interaction between the Cherokee and British Nations in the American southeast in the late 17th and early 18th Centuries. He is also the person who brought pirates to UI with his upper division course on the history of Piracy.
  • Selected Publications


    • Space the Final Frontier? The Role of Spatial Understanding the Colonization (under contract SUNY Press)

    Book Chapters

    • British Imaginings of the Eighteenth Century. in America in the British Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007)


    • “The Movement of Great Tellico: The role of Town and Clan in Cherokee spatial understanding”, Native South (Forthcoming)
    • “Spatial Personas: A New Technique for Interpreting Colonial Encounters in Colonial North America”, History Compass,(August 2008)
    • “Agent’s Provocateurs and Indians” Harvard International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Paper 
  • Outreach Projects
    • Faculty Member UI Odyssey Camp Program, May 2009
    • Coordinator and leader UI High School History Teacher Dual Credit Training Workshop, 2009
    • Pirates and Business, Guest Presentation UI Executive MBA Program, Sandpoint, Idaho, 2009
    • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Why Pirates Matter to History” Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Luncheon, Spokane, 2009
    • Faculty of Record UI History Dual Credit Program.  Includes visits and lectures at High Schools and hosting students on UI campus tours, assessment of work.  Current Schools:  McCall-Donnelly High; Moscow High; Lakeside High; Clark Fork High.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Inspirational Faculty Member Award for Excellence, UI Alumni Association December 2009
    • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society, London, England,  2008 - present
    • Idaho Humanities Planning Grant – Dual Credit, 2008
    • NEH Summer Fellowship The American Indian and Ethnohistory Norman, Oklahoma, 2007

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