Andrew Short

Andrew's research examines the domestic missionary enterprise in the late-nineteenth century United States. It concentrates on the missionary work of the Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA) among what they described as the 'exceptional races' of the American West (Mormon, Mexican, and Native American populations in the territories of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona).

Domestic missionaries were an influential presence in the Territories, building institutions and pursuing educational work among indigenous populations. But they also impacted audiences at home, presenting the diverse peoples of the West through the lens of their missionary encounter; and, through their organised publicity campaigns, constructed the 'imagined community' of the nation. Andrew's project asks, therefore, how these non-state actors participated in the nation-building project in the post-civil war United States, exploring their relationships with Federal and Territorial authorities as well as their attempt to construct a national identity that assimilated these 'exceptional races' into citizenship through Evangelical Protestantism.


Supervisor: Adam Smith and David Sim
Working title: '"Our Land for Christ": Home Missions, Race, and Nation-Building in Late-Nineteenth-Century US'
Expected completion date: 2019

Media appearances/outreach

Andrew blogs at The Young Americanists, an outlet founded by UCL American History PhD students.

Teaching 2018-19 (postgraduate teaching assistant)

  • Writing History
  • Building the American Nation