Abigail Swingen, Ph.D.
Phone: (806) 834-2459
Abigail Swingen, Ph.D., is currently an Associate Vice President in the Office of Research & Innovation and an Associate Professor of History at Texas Tech University. Dr. Swingen provides outreach to the humanities disciplines, and manages internal funding programs, targeted external awards, internal research awards, and the Faculty Research Club.
Her research and teaching focuses on the development of the British transatlantic empire, ideas of political economy, labor and slavery in the early modern world, and the intersections of economic and political history. She is the author of Competing Visions of Empire: Labor, Slavery, and the Origins of the British Atlantic Empire (Yale, 2015), which won the Second Place President's Faculty Book Award at Texas Tech for 2017. She has received external support from the Huntington Library, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her latest project focuses on the politics of Britain's Financial Revolution and its implications in terms of political ideology and state formation. Prior to her appointment at Texas Tech in 2009, Dr. Swingen taught at Auburn University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2007.