Casey Sylvia Schmitt

ABD History

Advisor: Brett Rushforth
Current Research: Early America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Comparative Legal History


Casey completed an M.A. in history at the University of Utah where she studied comparative colonialism in the early modern world. Her M.A. thesis explored Caribbean contraband trade networks of the eighteenth century – focusing specifically on the conflict surrounding the War of Jenkins’ Ear and the siege of Cartagena de Indias. Her current research looks at the circulation of knowledge between slaveholders of different empires in the greater Caribbean of the seventeenth century, particularly on the codification of slave law.

Awards, Fellowships, and Publications:

  • 2012 Kenneth Calloway King Jr., Memorial Fellowship
  •  2014-2015 George Washington Fellowship of the General Society of Colonial Wars
  • article, “Virtue in Corruption: Privateers, Smugglers, and the Shape of Empire in the Eighteenth-Century Caribbean,” Early American Studies, forthcoming.