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 after receiving her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Her first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), explored 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 Finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the 2017 Berkshire Conference Book Prize, and the 2017 Harriet Tubman Prize.
She is currently working on The Carceral Colony, an exploration of of the role of incarceration in the colonization of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.
Professor Warren's teaching interests include colonial North America, Native American history, comparative slavery, comparative colonialism, critical prison studies, and women's history.
"The Cause of Her Grief: The Rape of a Slave in Early New England," The Journal of American History, 2007.
*Winner of the OAH Louis Pelzer Prize.
"More than Words: Language, Colonization, and History,"William and Mary Quarterly, 2012.
"Thrown Upon the World: Devaluing Children in the Eighteenth-Century North American Slave Market," Slavery and Abolition, 2018.