Dr Daniel Peart
Reader in American History
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 8356Room Number: ArtsTwo 4.11
I joined Queen Mary as a full-time member of staff in 2011, having previously held part-time teaching posts at both Queen Mary and University College London. I gained my BA and my PhD from UCL, and my MSc from the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London).
My research focuses on the relationship between Americans and their government in the early United States. My first book, Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic, explores the diversity of American democracy during this formative period for the young nation. My second book, Lobbyists and the Making of US Tariff Policy, 1816-1861, investigates the origins of lobbying and its role in the making of federal trade policy. This book was awarded ‘Honourable Mention’ in the British Association for American Studies 2019 Book Prize competition. I'm currently working on a new project on the Speakers of the US House of Representatives, which examines the role of this understudied office in the legislative history of the republic up to the American Civil War.
I have received a Large Grant Seed-corn Fund award from the QMUL Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences for a pilot study for a digital humanities project entitled ‘A State of Legislatures: American Legislative Output, 1789-1861’ (co-developed with Dr. Max Edling, KCL), which proposes to categorise by subject matter all laws passed by Congress and selected state legislatures from the ratification of the Constitution to the Civil War. I have also received research grants from the Virginia Historical Society (Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship), Institute of Historical Research (Scouloudi Historical Award), Institute for Political History (Hugh Davis Graham Travel Award) for previous book projects, and a five-month Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia.
- ‘Rethinking the Role of the Speaker: Power, Institutional Development, and the Myth of the “Impartial Moderator” in the Early US House of Representatives', Journal of Policy History 33 (Jan. 2021): 1-31.
- ‘“Mr. Cobb knows nothing about architecture”: Committee assignment requests in the pre-Civil War US House of Representatives’, Congress & the Presidency 47:2 (Feb. 2020): 175-198.
- ‘“So indispensable is small management in this great assembly”: Congressman John Quincy Adams and the Speakers of the House of Representatives, 1831-1848’, The Capitol Dome 55 (2018): 16-29.
- Lobbyists and the Making of U.S. Tariff Policy, 1816-1861 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) - Honourable Mention in the BAAS Book Prize 2019
- 'System, Process, Agency, and Contingency in the Study of Antebellum Policymaking: The Tariff of 1846', Journal of the Civil War Era (link is external) (June, 2017).
- '"The Almighty Dollar": 2016 and the Long History of Lobbying', Common-Place 16 (link is external) (Summer, 2016).
- Practicing Democracy: Popular Politics in the United States from the Constitution to the Civil War (link is external), co-edited with Dr. Adam I. P. Smith (University of Virginia Press, 2015).
- Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early (link is external) Republic (University of Virginia Press, 2014).
- "Looking Beyond Parties and Election: The Making of United States Tariff Policy during the Early 1820s", Journal of the Early Republic 33 (link is external) (Spring, 2013): 87-108.
Editorial board of Reviews in History (link is external)
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to pursue doctoral research in eighteenth and nineteenth century US history, especially:
- the state
I have examined one PhD at University of Kent.
- Guest on ‘“Men of Talents” – Lobbying Congress in the 19th Century’ (link is external) episode, The Political Life podcast, 18 January 2021.
- Guest on ‘Episode 67: Lobbyists And The Making of US Tariff Policy With Daniel Peart’, The Age of Jackson podcast (link is external), 15 March 2019.
- Featured expert on ‘Season 1, Episode 10: America’ (link is external), Empire Builders television documentary (Pilot Productions), 25 May 2018.