Casey Schmitt

SchmittI am a PhD candidate in early American history at the College of William and Mary. My research interests involve the comparative history of the early Americas, slavery, empires, and circuits of knowledge and commerce. My M.A. thesis investigated the Anglo-Spanish contraband trade networks of the eighteenth-century Caribbean as they related to the War of Jenkins’ Ear and the siege of Cartagena de Indias. This work will be appearing as an article in Early American Studies 2015, entitled “Virtue in Corruption: Privateers, Smugglers, and the Shape of Empire in the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean.”

My dissertation research investigates the codification of slave law in the greater Caribbean in the seventeenth century. By reading across the archival records of various empires, I investigate the wider circulation of knowledge and practices between slave societies throughout the Caribbean littoral. By looking at the decades before and during codification projects, I look at the ways in which trans-imperial legal dialogues along with the voices of enslaved individuals shaped these larger conversations.

In my (few) moments of spare time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Harry, and my Wyoming-born husband, Ben. If I’m not hiking and camping, I can be found experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or shopping for the ingredients for said culinary experiments.

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