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Dr. Susanah Romney

Susanah Shaw Romney comes originally from California, and did her undergraduate work in history at 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 2014 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians First Book Prize, 2013 Jamestown Prize (given every two years by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture), and the 2013 Hendricks Prize from 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 Stadsarchief in Amsterdam, to the Western Cape Archives in South Africa. She offers classes at UALR on the colonial period, slavery, the frontier, pirates, gender, and other topics.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

New Netherland Connections: Intimate Networks and Atlantic Ties in Seventeenth-Century America (Omohundro Institute/UNC Press, 2014). **Winner of the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians First Book Prize, the Jamestown Prize, and the Hendricks Award.**

“Savage Comparisons: Dutch Cultural Distinctions in Seventeenth-Century Southern Africa and North America.” Genre 48, 2 (Summer 2015).

“Women and Gender in New Netherland,” contribution to “Roundtable: The Past, Present, and Future of New Netherland Sutdies,” New York History, 95, 3 (Summer 2015): 446-490.

“‘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.

Updated 6.30.2015