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About Dr. Swingen:
Abigail Swingen is a Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellow in residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA for the academic year 2011-2012. While at the Huntington, she will be completing her book manuscript, "Competing Visions of Empire: The Politics of Labor and the Origins of the British Empire, 1650-1720." She will also be completing a research trip to the Beneicke Library at Yale University as the recipient of the Frederick A. and Marion S. Pottle Fellowship in 18th-century British Studies in December 2011.
Dr. Swingen received her B.A. in history with honors from Swarthmore College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her book manuscript explores how English politics and ideas of political economy influenced the development of African slavery and other forms of coerced labor in England’s West Indies colonies during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. She has presented at a variety of conferences and workshops in the U.S. and Britain, including the North American Conference for British Studies (NACBS), the Institute of Historical Research in London, and the German-American Frontiers of the Humanities conference at the American Philosophical Society. She has received many fellowships and awards, including the University of Chicago Social Sciences Divisional Dissertation Teaching and Research Fellowship, the University of Chicago Nicholson Center for British Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the NACBS/Huntington Library Fellowship. Her research interests include the development of the British transatlantic empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, ideas of political economy, labor and slavery in the early modern world, and the development of early modern political culture.
Dr. Swingen teaches courses in early modern British history, the Atlantic world, Western Civilization, world history, and early modern Europe. Before coming to Texas Tech, Dr. Swingen taught at the University of Chicago and Auburn University.