School of History


Educated at Oxford and Yale, Will joined the School of History at Kent in September 2009. Before that he was Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has written on the history of the transatlantic slave trade and on the history of trading companies. His 2013 monograph history of the Royal African Company, Freedom's Debt won the Jamestown Prize.  He is the lead investigator on a five-year Leverhulme Trust project that focusses on trading corporations as constitutional bridges between cultures. He is Director of the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce, which he founded at Kent in 2013.

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Room N3.E4
Rutherford College
University of Kent

Office Hours Monday 1pm - 3pm

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Pettigrew, W. and Stein, T. (2016). The public rivalry between regulated and joint stock corporations and the development of seventeenth-century corporate constitutions. Historical Research [Online]. Available at:
Pettigrew, W. (2015). Corporate Constitutionalism and the Dialogue between the Global and Local in Seventeenth-Century English History. Itinerario [Online] 39:487-501. Available at:
Book section
Pettigrew, W. (2015). A History of Commercial Law in the Atlantic World, 1450 – 1850. in: Miller, J. C. et al. eds. The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History. Princeton University Press.
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School of History, Rutherford College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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