Professor Wendy Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America, the colonial Caribbean, and the early modern Atlantic World. She is particularly interested in the day-to-day practice of colonization, and in the negotiations and conflicts that exist between would-be rulers and the unruly.
Professor Warren joined the department in 2010, after receiving her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization at the Edge of an Empire (Liveright / W.W. Norton), describes the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in an unexpected time and place: seventeenth-century New England.
Professor Warren's second project, Sex Enslaved, is located in the eighteenth-century Caribbean, and will examine the contested nature of sexual relationships within the colonial slave system, using examples from Spanish, French, and English colonies.
Future projects include work on the poet Edward Taylor, on the utility (and futility) of the word "slavery," and on the Ottoman Empire's reaction to the European "discovery" of the Americas.
Professor Warren teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on colonial North America, the Atlantic world, slavery, and native American history.