Jenny Shaw

Dr. Jenny Shaw

Associate Professor
On Leave Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Ph.D., New York University, 2009

Research Interests

  • History of the Atlantic World
  • History of the Early Modern English Caribbean
  • Race and Slavery in the Americas
  • Approaches to the Archive


Courses Taught

  • History of American Civilization to 1865 (HY 103)
  • Nineteenth Century Black History (AAST/HY 319)
  • Comparative Slavery and Emancipation (HY 411)
  • A History of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 (HY370)
  • From Columbus to Castro: A History of the Caribbean (HY475)
  • Undergraduate Research Seminar: Slavery in the Americas, 1492-1888 (HY 430)
  • Undergraduate Research Seminar: Social History in Colonial America, 1450-1750 (HY 430)
  • Graduate Proseminar: United States History to 1865: Atlantic Perspectives (HY 606)
  • Graduate Writing Seminar (HY 651)

Recent Publications

Current Projects

  • I am currently researching my second book project examining the interracial family born to wealthy planter John Peers in  seventeenth-century Barbados. Provisionally entitled, “The Planter’s Progeny: Family and the Formation of the Atlantic World,” this project traces the lives of the five women with whom John fathered children (including two wives, two enslaved women, and a white servant woman), his eighteen offspring (enslaved and free), and their descendants. Mining legal records, deeds, wills, plantation inventories, Colonial Office correspondence, shipping logs, and ecclesiastical documents from England, West Africa, and the Caribbean, I am investigating how the experiences of this multi-generational family both reflect and challenge the hierarchies, labor systems, and mobility that characterized the early modern British Atlantic World.
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