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Jacob Selwood

Associate Professor

Jacob Selwood researches and teaches the history of the early modern British world. He earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2003 under the supervision of Cynthia Herrup. His first book, Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London (Ashgate, 2010), was a comparative study of Londoners’ reactions to a diverse range of immigrants and their English-born children, together with the implications of these responses for our understanding of early modern English national identity. He is currently finishing a book about the meanings and legacies of seventeenth-century colonial English subjecthood, using Suriname under English and Dutch rule as a case study.

Curriculum vitae


Kingdom’s Edge: Suriname, Shifting Sovereignties, and Colonial English Subjecthood, 1650-1780 (Cornell University Press, forthcoming).

“Left Behind: Subjecthood, Nationality, and the Status of Jews after the Loss of English Surinam,” Journal of British Studies, Vol. 54, no. 3 (2015): 578–601.

“Present at the Creation: Diaspora, Hybridity and the Place of Jews in the History of English Toleration,” in Religious Tolerance in the Atlantic World: Early Modern and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Eliane Glaser (Basingstoke; New Tork: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010.

“Jewish Immigration, Anti-Semitism and the Diversity of Early Modern London.” Jewish Culture and History, Vol.10, no. 1 (2008): 1-22.

“‘English-Born Reputed Strangers’: Birth and Descent in Seventeenth-Century London.” Journal of British Studies, Vol. 44, no. 4 (2005): 728-53.