Bob Morrissey teaches history at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He specializes in the history of early America and the Atlantic world, borderlands, ethnohistory, and environmental history. He has just completed his first book on the French colonists and Native peoples of the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes in the 17th and 18th centuries. The book is entitled, Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country. It will appear in the Early American Studies Series from University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2015. Before arriving at Illinois in 2011, he taught at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and at Lake Forest College.