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Jennifer L. AndersonAssociate ProfessorHistory


Jennifer L. Anderson's research focuses on the environmental and cultural history of the Caribbean and the greater Atlantic World in the 17th -19th centuries. Her book Mahogany: The Costs of Luxury in Early America (Harvard Univ Press, 2012) examines the colonial trade in tropical timbers from the Caribbean to North America. Her new work explores New York's early Caribbean connections. She also examines how Long Island became a venue where Native peoples, European settlers, and enslaved Africans encountered each other during the colonial period. Drawing on her background as a museum curator, exhibition developer, and researcher, Jennifer serves as advisor to many historical and cultural organizations.


  • PhD, New York University
  • MA, New York Univeristy
  • BA, Columbia University