Jenny  Shaw

Jenny Shaw

Associate Professor


  • PhD, New York University, 2009

Research Areas

  • 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, 1630-1730, 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 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.

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: Comparative Slavery and Emancipation (HY 606)
  • Graduate Proseminar: United States History to 1865, Atlantic Perspectives (HY 606)
  • Graduate Writing Seminar (HY 651)

Selected Publications


Articles & Essays