Alexander Cors

Alexander Cors


BA in History/ Geography, University of Augsburg (Germany), 2014
MA in Historical Sciences, University of Augsburg, 2016
MA in Interdisciplinary European Studies, University of Augsburg, 2017

Research Interests

Early North America
Colonial Latin America
Native American History
Legal History
Cartography & GIS

Dissertation Topic

"A Borderland of Newcomers: Migration, Settlement, and Colonialism along the Mississippi River, 1760-1820"

Faculty Advisors

Yanna Yannakakis
Jeffrey Lesser
Adriana Chira


My dissertation focuses on Europeans, Anglo-Americans, and free and enslaved people of indigenous or African descent who lived on the western shores of the Mississippi River, in the Spanish-claimed colony "Luisiana". In the eighteenth century, the Mississippi Valley was a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-jurisdictional space, mostly controlled by indigenous nations and coveted by four Euro-American empires (France, Great Britain, Spain, and the U.S.). I analyze on-the-ground processes of colonization, Euro-American claim-making, and Native dispossession in North America through the lens of land ownership and displacement. I ask how Spanish colonial officials, French and Anglo-American settlers, U.S. lawmakers, and Indigenous peoples articulated, justified, and imposed their understanding of land ownership vis-à-vis each other.

My work has been generously supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the American Society for Legal History, the Jones Program in Ethics, and the Department of History’s Cuttino and Matthews Scholarships.

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