pst Simeon Simeonov.jpgPh.D. Candidate
Advisor: Seth Rockman
Research Interests: The history of extraterritoriality and its relationship to diasporas, empires, states, colonialism, and decolonization.

My work historicizes the creation of the modern nation-state as a process shaped as much by “external” as by “internal” agents and institutions. Methodologically, I blend theorists of European state-building and institutions with the “new” history of capitalism and slavery as well as histories of empire and Atlantic state formation. My dissertation examines more than a dozen archives on three continents to show how Atlantic consuls negotiated an international consensus on citizenship and human rights, how they shaped ideas of national sovereignty, and how they developed new practices of empire- and nation-building in the Age of Revolution (1776-1848).