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Max Flomen

Assistant Professor

Teaching Fields

  • North America to 1800
  • Native America
  • Atlantic World
  • Comparative Slavery



  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2018
  • M.A., McGill University, 2011
  • B.A., McGill University, 2009


Research Interests

I am a historian of colonial North America specializing in the histories Native America, the Atlantic World, and comparative slavery. In preparing my dissertation manuscript for publication, I aim to produce a monograph that shifts our understanding of multi-ethnic formations, such as raiding bands and maroon communities, out of a racialized framework and onto the more fluid social terrain where the dispossessed discovered new methods of resistance and recombination. This research can offer new methods in the study of how slavery expands or declines by moving beyond scholarly focuses on commercial slaving, Atlantic networks, and legal abolition. Together, the struggles of African-American and Indigenous peoples present a continental, community-centered approach to the alternative patterns of abolition long-neglected by the meta-narrative of American history.   



  • HIST 256: History of the America Revolution, 1763-1790
  • HIST 264: American Indian History
  • HIST 441: 17th Century Colonial America
  • HIST 731: Readings In American History, 1585-1763
  • HIST 732: Seminar in American History, 1585-1763



Book Reviews

Linking the Histories of Slavery: North America and Its Borderlands, edited by Bonnie Martin and James F. Brooks. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press, 2015. Journal of Anthropological Research. (Winter 2016).

Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, by Margaret Ellen Newell. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015. UCLA American Indian Culture and Research Journal Vol. 39 No. 4 (2015).