Linda Colley was born in Chester in 1949. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Bristol and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. One of the most distinguished, incisive and original British historians at work today, Colley has taught and written on the past and on politics on both sides of the Atlantic. This includes Cambridge and Yale Universities and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Currently, Colley is Shelby M.C.Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. A Fellow of the British Academy, her books include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-60’ (1982), Namier (1988), Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837’ (1992), which won the Wolfson Prize, Captives: Britain, Empire and the World, 1600-1850 (2002), and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007). She has delivered the Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge, the Anstey Lectures at the University of Kent, and the Wiles Lectures at Queen's University, Belfast. She has also delivered seminars and lectures for Amnesty International, the British Council, the Nehru Foundation, the US State Department, and 10 Downing Street, and served on the Board of the British Library and the Advisory Board of Tate Britain. She writes regularly for the London Guardian, the New York Review of Books, and the London Review of Books.
Colley was awarded C.B.E for services to history in 2009 and holds honorary degrees from Essex University, the University of East Anglia, the University of Bristol, the University of Hull and the London South Bank University.
She currently lives in the United States.
Colley is represented for film and TV by Norman North at The Agency.
Books in order of publication:
In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party 1714-1760 (1982).
Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992).
Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 (2002).
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007).
Taking Stock of Taking Liberties (2008).
Acts of Union and Disunion (2014).