Christian J. Koot joined the History Department in 2007 after receiving his PhD from
the University of Delaware. He is the author of two books, Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development
of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (NYU Press, 2011) and A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (NYU Press, 2018). A Biography of a Map in Motion focuses on the production and consumption of one extraordinary and now rare transatlantic
object, a map of the seventeenth-century Chesapeake, and the colonial merchant, planter,
and diplomat who created it, Augustine Herrman.
Professor Koot’s research interests focus on the United States in the Colonial and
Early Modern periods, the history of the Atlantic world and the Caribbean, economic
and commercial history, imperial history, and the History of Cartography. At Towson
University he teaches courses in these areas as well as a TSEM focused on the History
of Towson University in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Koot is also the Chair of the History
A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (New York University Press, 2018)
Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development
of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (New York University Press, Early American Places Book Series, July 2011).
“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” Winterthur Portfolio, 53, 1 (Spring, 2019), 3-39.
“Anglo-Dutch Trade in the Chesapeake and the British Caribbean, 1621-1733,” in Gert Oostindie & Jessica Roitman, ed., Dutch Atlantic Connections,1680-1800: Networks
and Nodal Points (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 72-102.
“The Merchant, the Map, and Empire: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake and Interimperial
Trade, 1644-1673,” William and Mary Quarterly, 62, 4 (October 2010), 603-44.
Recent Lectures and Presentations
“Things to Think With: The Use of Borders on Seventeenth-Century Maps of the British
Atlantic,” Geographies of Power Workshop, Philadelphia, Penn.
“A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake,” Washington Map Society,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” British Group in
Early American Studies 2017 Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, England
Recent Book Reviews
“More than Just illustrations: the Cartographic Turn in Early American History,” review
essay of S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence and Martin Brückner, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 in Reviews in American History, 47, 1 (March 2019), 17-23.
Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World in The American Historical Review, 123, 1(2018), 187-188.
Awards and Honors
NEH Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library, Winterthur, Delaware, 2011
Jeannette D. Black Memorial Research Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Providence,
Faculty Development and Research Committee Summer Research Fellowship, Towson University,
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Theta Beta Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta, Towson
Towson Academy of Scholars, Towson University, 2008-09
American Historical Association Kraus Research Grant, 2007
International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, Short-Term
Research Grant, 2007
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