Lawrence Abrams

Lawrence Abrams Portrait

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), British Empire

SSH 244
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • BA in Modern European History: The Evergreen State College.
  • MA in Modern British History: University of California Davis


Lawrence Abrams is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis specializing in Modern British History, focusing on Scottish ethnic, national, and imperial history. His dissertation explores ideas of union and changing modes for the expression of Scottish identity in political, military, and cultural arenas. He is also working on a project investigating the relationship between comics and national identity in an international and post-colonial context in the activist comic years since 1970. He is the co-editor of Historians without Borders: New Studies in Multidisciplinary History, a collected volume developed from a conference he co-founded and chaired for the department.

Research Focus

British Empire, Comparative Military/Political history
Scottish Bureaucracy and Identity, Comic Books and Nationalism


• Editor (with Kaleb Knoblauch) Historians Without Borders: New Studies in Multidisciplinary History (volume forthcoming from Routledge, March 2019).

• Abrams, L. "'We Love our English Brethren but we are Scotchmen still:' The Formation of Sub-national Identity in Scottish Affairs from the 17th to the 20th Century." (Pending review, Britain and the World Journal)

• Abrams, L. "Oh Captain, My Captain: Anglo-American Nationalism, Identity Crises, and the Flag-Draped Superhero, 1975-present." (Pending review, Twentieth Century British History)

• Abrams, L. and Kaleb Knoblauch. "Flags of our Fathers: Imperial Crisis in Marvel Comics" in Drawing the Past: Comics and the Historical Imagination. University of Mississippi Press. Eds. Michael Goodrum, David Hall, and Philip Smith. (Publication pending)

• Abrams, L. and Kaleb Knoblauch. "'Peace be with You': The Sheriff of Babylon and Violence in 'The War on Terror'" in BOOM! #*@&! Splat: Comics and Violence. (Accepted for inclusion, publication TBD)