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Bruce W. Carney Distinguished Professor
400 Hamilton Hall
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PhD Duke University, 1999

Research Interests

Wayne Lee specializes in early modern military history, with a particular focus on North America and the Atlantic World, but he teaches military history from a full global perspective at the undergraduate and graduate level. He also teaches courses on violence as well as on the early English exploration of the Atlantic. As a kind of additional career, he works with archaeology projects in the Balkans and has numerous publications in that field. For more details on Professor Lee’s research see the link to his personal web page above.

Some Notable Publications

  • The Cutting-Off Way: Indigenous Warfare in Eastern North America, 1500-1800 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2023)
  • Wayne E. Lee, David L. Preston, David Silbey, and Anthony E. Carlson, The Other Face of Battle: America’s Forgotten Wars and the Experience of Combat (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).
  • Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Editor, with Michael Galaty, Ols Lafe, and Zamir Tafilica, Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2013)
  • Barbarians and Brothers: Anglo-American Warfare, 1500-1865 (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • Editor, Warfare and Culture in World History (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War (University Press of Florida, 2001)
  • “Fortify, Fight, or Flee: Tuscarora and Cherokee Defensive Warfare and Military Culture Adaptation,” Journal of Military History 68 (2004): 713–770

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 266—Global History of Warfare
  • HIST 292H—Early English Exploration and Colonization
  • PWAD 350—National and International Security