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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.
She received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, and joined the Princeton history department after holding a junior research fellowship at Christ Church College, Oxford University. From 2014-2017, she held Princeton University's Philip and Beulah Rollins Preceptorship. In 2019-2020, she was an ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Fellow in residence at the Institute for Advanced Studies.
Professor Warren's first book, New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (2016), described 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 has also published in the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and Slavery and Abolition, among other venues.
Professor Warren is currently writing The Carceral Colony, an exploration of the role of prisons in the colonization of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.
Professor Warren's teaching and research interests include colonial and revolutionary North America and the Atlantic world, Native American history, comparative slavery, comparative colonialism, critical prison studies, gender and sexuality studies, and women's history.
"'The Cause of Her Grief'": The Rape of a Slave in Early New England," Journal of American History (2007) (Winner of the OAH Pelzer Prize)