Susanah Shaw Romney comes originally from California, and did her undergraduate work in history from UC Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University, where she worked with Prof. Mary Beth Norton on women in Colonial America. Her research focuses on gender, race, and the fur trade in the seventeenth-century Dutch colony that later became New York. Her book is the winner of the 2013 Jamestown Prize, given every two years by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the 2013 Hendricks Prize, given annually by the New Netherland Institute. She is now at work on a new project looking at gender, settlement, and land claims in the seventeenth-century Dutch empire in North America, Guyana, South Africa, and Java. Her research has taken her from the Huntington Library in California, to the Gemeente Archief in Amsterdam, to the Western Cape Archives in South Africa. She offers classes at UALR on the colonial period, slavery, the frontier, gender, and other topics.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
New Netherland Connection: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America (Spring 2014, Omohundro Institute/UNC Press)
“‘With & Alongside his Housewife’: Claiming Ground in New Netherland and the Early Modern Dutch Empire,” McNeil Center Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2012.
“Intimate Ground: Women, Intimacy, and Claims to Space in the Early Modern Dutch Empire,” William and Mary Quarterly/USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Workshop, Huntington Library, 2011.
“Intimate Networks and Children’s Survival in New Netherland in the Seventeenth Century,” Early American Studies 7 (Fall 2009): 270-308.