- Assistant Professor
Zachary Bennett joined the faculty of Norwich University’s Department of History and Political Science in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. in early American history from Rutgers University, his M.A. from Miami University, and his B.A. from Northern Michigan University. Professor Bennett specializes in the environmental history of colonial North America and the Atlantic World.
Bennett’s current book project, Contested Currents: Rivers and the Remaking of Early America, surveys the environmental and social transformation of colonial New England from the perspective of the region's many waterways. Contested Currents reframes the English conquest of the Northeast as primarily fought over control of waterpower. Bennett's work has appeared in the New England Quarterly and Early American Studies. His next long-term research endeavor is a narrative history of the Anglo-Wabanaki Wars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
He teaches courses at Norwich on colonial North America, the Age of Revolutions, Native Americans, and the African Diaspora.