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. She completed her Ph.D. while a junior research fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford 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, was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and was a Finalist for the 2017 Berkshire Conference Book Prize. She discussed the book with Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.
She is currently working on several projects, among which is The Carceral Colony, an exploration of the role of prisons and imprisonment in colonial North America, and Sex Enslaved, 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 colonial American studies.
Professor Warren's teaching interests include colonial North America, comparative colonialism, the Atlantic world, comparative slavery, critical prison studies, 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.
*Winner of the OAH Louis Pelzer Prize.
“More than Words: Language, Colonization, and History” William and Mary Quarterly, (July, 2012): 517-520.
"Thrown Upon the World: Devaluing Children in the Eighteenth-Century North American Slave Market," forthcoming, Slavery and Abolition.
"'Vast and Furious: Understanding an Atlantic New England,'” The Worlds of Colonial America: An Atlantic Handbook, Routledge, 2017.