The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s colloquium meets up to six times per semester to discuss projects (usually a postdoctoral book chapter or article) in progress. The paper is pre-circulated and available by request. Although only postdoctoral work is presented, graduate students at all levels are warmly encouraged to attend the sessions and participate in the discussions. To be included in colloquia announcements please email Beverly Smith (

Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 7–8:30 during the academic year, in the OI’s seminar room on the Ground Floor of Swem Library at the College of William & Mary. Discussion of the paper follows a brief introduction of the presenter, and the presenter’s brief introduction of their project.

Scholars interested sharing their work at next year’s colloquium should contact Karin Wulf ( by February 15 with a short proposal. The OI provides presenters with lodging and modest travel support.

We are pleased that the following scholars will be joining us this year to present their work.

September 12, 2017

“’A Wild Chimera of Visionary Brain’: Land Companies and Colonial Sovereignty in the Anglo-Atlantic World”
Phillip Stern, Duke University

September 26, 2017

“Pine Nuts: Indigenous Cultivation, Deforestation, and Colonial Trade”
Tatiana Sejas, Pennsylvania State University

November 14, 2017

“Bound in Place: Constructing Colonial Geographies of the Early Modern Dutch Empire”
Susanah Shaw Romney, New York University

November 28, 2017

“A Happy Cheerfulness in their Countenances”: The Smile in Eighteenth-Century American Portraiture
Sarah Hand Meacham, Virginia Commonwealth University

January 23, 2018

“Surviving the Revolution: The Life and times of Elizabeth and Henry Drinker”
Richard Godbeer, Virginia Commonwealth University

February 13, 2018

“Anglo-Native Interactions in the Seventeenth Century Caribbean”
Nathaniel Millett, St. Louis University

March 6, 2018

“Paths of Empire and Road to War in the American Interior, 1727-1754"
Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt, Pennsylvania State University

March 20, 2018

"Market-Women and the Military: The Informal Economy and Colonial Power in Jamaica at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century"
Shauna Sweeney, Omohundro Institute

April 3, 2018

“1796: The Jay Treaty, the President’s Cabinet, and Executive Privilege”
Lindsay Chervinsky, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University