Jenny  Shaw

Jenny Shaw

Associate Professor


  • PhD, 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

Current Projects

I am currently working on 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 an Atlantic World, 1660-1760, this project traces the lives of the five women with whom John fathered children (including two English wives, two enslaved women, and a white woman from Barbados), his eighteenth 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.

Courses Taught

  • History of American Civilization to 1865 (HY 103)
  • Nineteenth-Century Black History (AAST/HY 319)
  • From Columbus to Castro: Caribbean History Since 1492 (HY368)
  • A History of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 (HY370)
  • Comparative Slavery and Emancipation (HY 411)
  • Undergraduate Research Seminar: Slavery in the S.E.C. (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)

Selected Publications


Articles & Essays