Konstantin Dierks

Konstantin DierksAssociate Editor

Konstantin Dierks is the Associate Editor of the American Historical Review. He served previously as Associate Editor in 2009-2010 and as Acting Editor in 2010-2011. 

As Associate Professor of History at Indiana University he teaches early American, Atlantic world, and British imperial history. His first book, In My Power: Letter Writing and Communications in Early America, focused on the accumulation of power by an American middle class via its investment in letter writing and communications across the long eighteenth century.

He is currently working on a history of globalization of the United States between the American Revolution and the American Civil War, after the United States removed itself from the British empire and then aggressively expanded both its continental territory and its global reach.

He is curator of a digital exhibit entitled "Globalization of the United States, 1789-1861" whose centerpiece interactive map is an ongoing digital history project. That digital map projects historical data about the United States' expanding global reach onto historical maps from the nineteenth century.

He is also spearheading a collaborative digital history project translating and annotating the 1904 travel narrative of a Chinese intellectual and politician, Liang Qichao, who toured the United States in 1903.