William O'Reilly is Associate Director of the Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge, Lecturer in Early Modern History and Fellow and Tutor, Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of History (2011-13). Dr O’Reilly is also a Senior Research Associate of the Centre for Financial History, Cambridge, and a Research Partner of the Asia and Europe in a Global Context project at the University of Heidelberg. In 2006 Dr O'Reilly was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for his work in European and Atlantic History. He was visiting professor in History at Harvard University and at the Center for History and Economics, Harvard, in 2008-9.
Since taking his DPhil at Oxford in 2003, Dr O’Reilly has served as editor of the Historical Journal (Cambridge University Press) (2006-9) and of Atlantic Studies (Routledge) (2004-9). He serves on the International Advisory Boards of the Historical Journal and Themes in Migrations. William O'Reilly has been a Visiting Fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna; a DAAD Fellow at the University of Hamburg and Erasmus lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria and the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany. In 2003-4 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge, before becoming a Research Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics in 2004, working on the Centre's project on 'Exchanges of Ideas'.
William O'Reilly has worked on a range of topics in early modern European and Atlantic history, and is particularly interested in the history of European migration, colonialism and imperialism. His current research project, with the working title Surviving empire. The translation of imperial context in a globalizing world, 1550-1800, explores the inter-relationship of European imperialisms from the later sixteenth century to the French revolution. William O’Reilly has supervised MPhil and PhD dissertations on topics ranging from colour prejudice in the seventeenth-century French Caribbean, to Europe in seventeenth-century cartography; the reformation in Carpathian Hungary, 1525-1610; European views of the Aztec empire, 1560-1725; emigration to the Rio Plata/Argentina; language and translation in Europe in the seventeenth century; the eighteenth-century Hungarian nobility and Enlightenment; the portrayal of Bosnia and Bosnians in western literature, 1600-1914. He is happy to hear from potential graduate students interested in working on topics of early-modern European history and the history of the Atlantic world.
Selling Souls. The international trade in German migrants, 1680-1780, Cambridge University Press (2012, forthcoming)
The Atlantic World, 1450-1800, Routledge (2012, forthcoming). ISBN 9780415467049
‘Movements of People in the Atlantic World, 1450-1850’, in Nicholas Canny and Philip Morgan (eds.), The Oxford History of the Atlantic World, Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.
‘Lost chances of the House of Habsburg’, Austrian History Yearbook, 40 (1), 2009, pp. 53-70.
‘Charles Vallancey and the Military Itinerary of Ireland’, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 106C, 2006, pp. 125-217.
'Border, Buffer and Bulwark. The Historiography of the Military Frontier, 1521-1881', in Steven G. Ellis and Raingard Eßer (eds.), Frontiers and the Writing of History, 1500-1850, Hanover (Wehrhahn), 2006, pp. 229-244.
William O'Reilly and Andrea Penz, Freiheit und Unabhänigkeit als imperative Postulate. Leykam, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, 2006. ISBN: 3-7011-0061-6.
'The Atlantic World and Germany: A Consideration', in: Renate Pieper and Peer Schmidt (eds.), Latin America and the Atlantic World. El Mundo atlántico y América Latina (1500-1850), Böhlau, Cologne, 2005, pp. 35-56.
'Der Primas von England und der Reichserzkanzler und Kurfürst von Mainz. Vergleichende Betrachtungen zu ihrer Rolle und Bedeutung im 16. Jahrhundert', in: Peter C. Hartmann and Ludolf Pelizaeus (eds.), Forschungen zu Kurmainz und dem Reichserzkanzler, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 2005, pp. 71-88.
'Emigration from the Habsburg Monarchy and Salzburg to the New World,
1700-1848' in: Wiener Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Neuzeit, 5.Jg. 2005,
Heft 1, pp.7-20.
'Zivilisierungsmission und das Netz des Empire. Sprache, Landvermessung und
die Förderung des Wissens 1780-1820' in: Boris Barth and Jürgen Osterhammel
(Hg.), Zivilisierungsmissionen. Imperiale Weltverbesserung seit dem 18.
Jahrhundert, UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Konstanz, 2005, pp. 101-124.
‘Genealogies of Atlantic History’, Atlantic Studies, vol.1, no.1 (2004), pp. 66-84.
‘Divide et impera: Race, Ethnicity and Administration in early 18th-Century Habsburg Hungary’, in Gudmundur Hálfdánarson and Anne Katherine Isaacs (eds.), Minorities in Europe, Florence, 2003, pp. 100-129.
‘Migration, Recruitment and the Law: Europe Responds to the Atlantic World’, in Horst Pietschmann (ed.), Atlantic History. History of the Atlantic System 1580-1830. Proceedings of the Joachim Jungius Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften/Universität Hamburg History of the Atlantic System Conference, Vandenhoek & Rupprecht Verlag, Göttingen, 2002, pp. 119-137.
'Turks, Indians and the Margins of Europe', Belleten, Dört Ayde Bir Çikar (Journal of the Turkish Academy of Arts and the Sciences), vol LXV, no. 242 (April 2001), pp. 243-256.
‘The Naturalisation Act of 1709 and the Settlement of Germans in Britain, Ireland and the Colonies’, Randolph Vigne and Charles Littleton (eds.), From Strangers to Citizens. The integration of immigrant communities in Britain, Ireland and Colonial America, 1550-1750, Sussex Academic Press, 2001, pp. 292-502.
‘Conceptualising America in Early Modern Central Europe’, Explorations in Early American Culture. Pennsylvania History, vol. 65 (1998), pp. 101-121.