Luke A. Reynolds

Assistant Professor in Residence

Ph.D., City University of New York

Luke Reynolds is a New York City born and raised historian. His work focuses on the cultural, social, and military history of Britain and its empire in the long nineteenth century.
Luke received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) in 2019 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2022. He holds a BA in history from Trinity College, University of Dublin; an MA in history from Hunter College, CUNY; and an M.Phil in history from the University of Cambridge.
Luke’s first monograph, Who Owned Waterloo? Battle, Memory, and Myth in British History, 1815-1852, was published by Oxford University Press in 2022 (paperback 2023). It won the Society for Military History 2023 Distinguished Book Award in the First Book Category and was a runner up for the Society for Army Historical Research’s 2023 Best First Book Prize. Based on his dissertation, it examines the afterlife of the battle of Waterloo in the collective memory of Great Britain, exploring the concept of cultural ownership of a military event and locating the victory in Britain’s creation myth. 
Luke is currently an Assistant Professor in Residence in History at the University of Connecticut’s Stamford Campus. He has designed and taught courses covering the history of North America from the moment of permanent contact to 1877, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe, the past half-millennium of World History, and upper-level courses on Twentieth Century Britain, War and Film, and History and Memory.
Who Owned Waterloo? Battle, Memory, and Myth in British History, 1815-1852, Oxford University Press, 2022 (paperback 2023).
“‘The Exquisite Militaire:’ The Army Officer, Fashion, and Satire in the aftermath of Waterloo.” In Celebrating 100 Years of Army Historical Research: Selected Proceedings of the SAHR Centenary Conference, edited by Andrew Bamford. Warwick, Helion & Company, 2022.
“‘There John Bull might be seen in all his glory’: Cross-Channel Tourism and the British Army of Occupation in France, 1815-1818.” Journal of Tourism History 12, 2 (2020), 139-155.
“Serving His Country: Wellington’s Waterloo Banquets, 1822-1852.” Journal of Victorian Culture 23, 2 (April 2018), 262-278
Publications in Preparation
The Complete Battle of Waterloo: J.H. Amherst’s Blockbuster Spectacle in Three Versions
Currently being prepared for submission to Manchester University Press
“‘The management wisely refrains from guaranteeing the absolute authenticity of all the exhibits:’ Napoleon, Wellington, and the 1890 London Waterloo Panorama.” In Napoleonic Objects and their Afterlives: Art, Culture and Heritage, 1821-present, edited by Matilda Greig and Nicole Cochrane. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.


Luke A. Reynolds, visiting assistant professor, History Department. Photo by M.H. McFerren, 2022.
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Office HoursSpring 2024: by appointment