Professor Wendy Warren specializes in the history of colonial North America, 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 book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2016), explores the lived experience of chattel bondage in seventeenth-century New England, illuminating the deadly symbiosis between slavery and colonization in the Atlantic World. New England Bound won the Organization of American Historians' 2017 Merle Curti Social History Prize, and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. She discussed the book with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.
She is currently working on several projects, among which are an exploration of forms of punishment in colonial North America, and a study of coerced sexual relationships in slave systems.
She is always interested in seeing applications from interested prospective graduate students in the field of early American studies.
Professor Warren's teaching interests include colonial North America, comparative colonialism, the Atlantic world, comparative slavery, women's history and gender studies, and native America.
“‘The Cause of Her Grief’: The Rape of a Slave in Early New England” The Journal of American History, March, 2007.
“More than Words: Language, Colonization, and History” William and Mary Quarterly, (July, 2012): 517-520.