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 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carleton University. His most recent book, At Kingdom’s Edge: The Suriname Struggles of Jeronimy Clifford, English Subject (Cornell University Press, 2022), investigates how life in a conquered colony both revealed and shaped what it meant to be English outside of the British Isles. Examining the case of Jeronimy Clifford, who rose to become one of Suriname's richest planters, the book investigates how life on the colonial periphery shaped subjecthood in the early modern world. His first book, Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London (Ashgate, 2010), offered 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.
At Kingdom’s Edge: The Suriname Struggles of Jeronimy Clifford, English Subject (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2022). https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501764219/atkingdom-s-edge/#bookTabs=1
Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2010. https://www.routledge.com/Diversity-and-Difference-in-Early-Modern-London/Selwood/p/book/9780754663751
Articles and Chapters:
“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. http://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2015.59
“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 York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). http://doi.org/10.1057/9781137028044
“Jewish Immigration, Anti-Semitism and the Diversity of Early Modern London.” Jewish Culture and History, Vol. 10, no. 1 (2008): 1-22. http://doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2008.10512089
“‘English-Born Reputed Strangers’: Birth and Descent in Seventeenth-Century London.” Journal of British Studies, Vol. 44, no. 4 (2005): 728-53. http://doi.org/10.1086/431939