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  • Charlotte Hull

    Charlotte Hull

    Lecturer

    BioCharlotte Hull is a Lecturer for Civil, Liberal, and Global Education (COLLEGE). She earned her Ph.D. from the Stanford Department of History, where she researched the intersection of space, politics, and imperial power in nineteenth-century North America. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley, double majoring in English literature and history with a focus in poetry, the Atlantic world, and the colonial Americas. As a Haas Scholar at Berkeley, Charlotte examined the first generations of English settlement on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, exploring how Islanders––both Wampanoag and English––created new autonomous systems outside of regional and imperial power structures during the mid-seventeenth century. Her thesis received the Highest Honors in History, and her research led her to pursue a graduate degree as a Beinecke Scholar.

    At Stanford, Charlotte has investigated connections between the Atlantic and Pacific worlds as well as the creation of social and political institutions in California and the Hawaiian Islands. Her dissertation, "Connecting California: Agents of U.S. Imperial Expansion, 1783-1848," investigates how and why California became part of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. The dissertation tracks how the idea of California changed in the minds of U.S. statesmen over the course of multiple administrations and how U.S. agents in the field built the cartographic, diplomatic, and military infrastructure of the American Empire over 70 years. Her research demonstrates how mapping expeditions and attempts at diplomacy ultimately led to military campaigns for U.S. sovereignty over Alta California. Her research has been supported by the U.C. Berkeley History Department, the Haas Scholars Program at U.C. Berkeley, the Beinecke Scholarship Program, the Stanford Department of History, and the Dee family through The Bill Lane Center for the American West.

    Charlotte has taught a wide range of courses at Stanford, including courses in history, interdisciplinary humanities, research-based writing, the writing tutor training seminars for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, and graduate-level pedagogy courses. She has recently partnered with the Stanford Career Center and the School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Office to co-develop a pilot course for humanities PhD students in career exploration. Charlotte has also served as Director of the Honors Mentorship Program in History, Graduate Writing Tutor Coordinator for the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Co-coordinator for the U.S. History Workshop, and Writing & Humanities Area Coordinator for the Stanford Summer Academic Resource Center.