Andrew Lipman

Associate Professor of History




802 Milstein Center
802 Milstein Center / Office Hours: Th 3-5PM


Andrew Lipman is a historian of Early America who joined the Barnard faculty in 2015 after five years teaching at Syracuse University. His research interests include the Atlantic World, early America, Native Americans, violence, technology, and the environment.  His first book, The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast, won the Bancroft Prize in American History. He is presently completing a book manuscript titled The Life and Times of Squanto.

Lipman’s work has appeared in Common-place, Early American Studies, Reviews in American History, and The William and Mary Quarterly and he’s contributed pieces to Slate and TIME. His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, The Huntington Library, The International Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard, John Carter Brown Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, and the New-York Historical Society. He has also consulted exhibits and programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, and N-YHS, and served as a consultant for television series including Finding Your Roots (PBS), Who Do You Think You Are? (TLC), and Frontiersmen (History Channel). He is an elected fellow of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

At Barnard, Lipman teaches a variety of courses, including “Introduction to American History to 1865,” “Early America to 1763,” “Revolutionary America, 1763-1815,” “Colonial Gotham: The History of New York City, 1609-1776,” and “A History of Violence: Force and Power in Early America.” He also leads graduate seminars at Columbia on Early American History and Native American History. 

  • B.A. (hons) in History, Vassar College, 2001 
  • M.St. (hons) in Modern History, Oxford University, 2003 
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Pennsylvania, 2010 

“Maritime Borderlands,” in Paul Mapp, Eliga Gould, and Carla Pestana, eds., The Cambridge History of America and the World, Volume 1 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2021): 60-79.

“No More Middle Grounds?” Reviews in American History 44.1 (March 2016): 24-30.

The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015.

“Buying and Selling Staten Island: The Curious Case of the 1670 Deed to Aquehonga Manacknong,” Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early America 15.2 (Winter 2015).

“Murder on the Saltwater Frontier: The Death of John Oldham,” Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9.2 (May 2011): 268-294.

“‘A meanes to knitt them togeather’: The Exchange of Body Parts in the Pequot War,” The William and Mary Quarterly 65.1 (January 2008): 3-28. 

2019                Elected Member, Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

2017-2018      NEH Long-Term Fellowship, Huntington Library.

2016                Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

2012-2013      Mellon Fellowship, New-York Historical Society.

2012                Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society.

2012                Short-Term Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library.

2011                 Travel Grant, Harvard Atlantic Seminar.

2011                 Short-Term Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society.

2011                 Appleby-Mosher Research Grant, Syracuse University.

2009-2010      SAS Completion Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.

2008                Cochran Travel Grant, University of Pennsylvania.

2004-2009      Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.

2003                First-Class Honours, University of Oxford.

2002-2003      Travel Grant, History Faculty, University of Oxford.

2002-2003      Maguire Fellowship for Graduate Study, Vassar College.

2001                 Revell Carr Fellowship, Williams-Mystic Program.

2001                 Chen Zen History Thesis Prize, Vassar College.

2001                 Griffen American History Prize, Vassar College.

2001                 General and Departmental Honors, Vassar College.