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Twitter: @mishaewen


I joined the University of Bristol in 2022 as a Lecturer in Early Modern History, following roles with Historic Royal Palaces, the University of Manchester, and the University of Kent. I research histories of women and colonization in early modern Britain, North America, and the Caribbean. What drives my interest is understanding the role of women and non-elites in empire-building in the English (later British) Atlantic world, how these developments shaped society “at home,” and what their continuing impacts and legacies are today. My first book, The Virginia Venture: American Colonization and English Society, 1580-1660, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2022.

My research has been supported by several awards and fellowships from Florida Atlantic University, the Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I have published widely and shared my research with audiences through TV, radio, and podcasts, including BBC Radio 4’s You’re Dead to Me and Channel 5’s Inside the Tower of London, as well as through numerous blogs and public engagement events, including Hist Fest, Bright Club, and Being Human Festival.

I have held roles within museums and heritage, and I have used my research and expertise on slavery and colonization to support projects beyond the university, including consulting and advising for The Guardian, National Trust, AQA, BBC Radio 4, Triple Dot Makers/Arts Council England, and National Maritime Museum.

Within the profession, I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, member of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Economic History Society. Since arriving at Bristol, I have joined the Centre for Black Humanities and the American Studies Research Group.

Current Research 


I welcome enquiries from potential research students interested in the history of North America, the Caribbean and Britain in the early modern period, particularly those interested in social and cultural history, gender and race, colonisation and slavery, merchants and trading companies, heritage and material culture.


HIST20119: The Tudor World

HIST20089: History in Public

HIST30136: Gender, Race, and Colonization in Early English America (convenor)

HISTM0081: Explorations in Early Modern History


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