We build intellectual infrastructure.

Our scope encompasses the history and cultures of North America from circa 1450 to 1820 and includes related developments in Africa, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America.

In a rapidly changing academic and economic environment, we promote scholars and their scholarship via our publications, conferences, and fellowships. Through a variety of media and formats we curate conversations among junior and senior scholars and a broad range of interested intellectuals.

Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner, 2009 recipient of the National Humanities Medal as well as a MacArthur Fellow, and former member of the OI council, characterizes the OI as “one of the crown jewels of the American historical profession.”

Bernard Bailyn, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 2010 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, says, “It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this institute in the international world of historical scholarship. It is known throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America as the world’s center for the study of the origins of the American nation.”