Heather  Miyano Kopelson

Heather Miyano Kopelson

Associate Professor


  • PhD, University of Iowa, 2008


Research Interests

  • History of Sexuality and the Body
  • Race and gender in the Atlantic world
  • Early American religion
  • Slavery in the early Americas
  • Native American history

Current Projects

  • “Locating Diaspora in Eighteenth-Century Bermuda: Disorderly Dancing and the Archive of the Body,” article under consideration.
  • “Idolatrous Processions: The Production of People and Place in the Atlantic World,” book manuscript-in-progress.

Courses Taught

  • Race and Gender in North America
  • Literature of American History to 1877
  • Native American History
  • Women in Early America
  • Beyond Pocahontas: Gender and Native American/European Contact, 1600-1750
  • Gender and Slavery in the Early Caribbean
  • U.S. Disability History
  • Handmade Nation: Knitting and History
  • American Civilization to 1865

Awards and Honors

  • Center for Historic American Visual Culture Short-term Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (2014-2015)
  • Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Illinois Fellowship, Newberry Library (2014-2015)
  • Election to non-resident membership, Colonial Society of Massachusetts (2014)
  • John Murrin Prize, Best Article in Early American Studies (2013)
  • Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University (2007-2008)
  • Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2006-2007)
  • W. M. Keck and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations Fellowship, The Huntington Library (2005-2006)
  • W. B. H. Dowse Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society (2004-2005)
  • Research Grant, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (2004-2005)
  • John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization Research Fellowship, Brown University (2003)

Selected Publications

  • Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic (New York University Press, 2014).
  • “Confessional Spatiality in the Puritan Atlantic,” in Religion, Space, and the Atlantic World,  ed. John Corrigan (under contract, University of South Carolina Press).
  • “Sinning Property: The Legal Transformation of Abominable Sex in Early Bermuda,” William and Mary Quarterly 70:3 (July 2013): 459-96.
    • Finalist for the 2013 Mary Maples Dunn Prize.
  • “‘One Indian and a Negroe, the first thes Ilands ever had’: Imagining the Archive in Early Bermuda,” Early American Studies 11:2 (Spring 2013): 272-313.
    • Winner of the 2013 John Murrin Prize.