Carolyn Arena

Carolyn Arena

Field: International/Global
Advisor: Christopher Brown
Year: 2008

Carolyn Arena is a scholar of the Atlantic World, particularly English and Dutch colonial efforts in the Americas. She is currently finishing her doctoral thesis on the enslavement of Amerindians in the 17th century Caribbean, focusing on the connections between Surinam and Barbados. In her dissertation, she argues for the importance of Indian laborers in the development of plantation agriculture and the refinement of legal codes related to New World slavery.  

Carolyn has presented papers related to her research for the Omohundro Institute for Early American History (OIEAH), the World History Association, the Stokes Seminar at Dalhouse University, the American Association of Ethnohistory, and the Southern Labor Studies Association.

She was a Fulbright fellow to the Netherlands and guest researcher at the University of Amsterdam for the 2012-2013 Academic Year. She has also received funding for her dissertation research through the London School of Economics, FLAS, and Folger Shakespeare Library seminars.

Carolyn's work on "Aphra Behn's 'Oronooko,' Indian Slavery, and the Anglo-Dutch Wars" will appears as a chapter in The Torrid Zone: Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean, ed. L.H. Roper (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2016 forthcoming).