Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Instructor
Carolyn Arena is a historian of the Americas in a hemispheric and global context, focusing on Native peoples, slavery and race, and the growth of colonial economies. Her research focuses on the enslavement of Indigenous Caribbean peoples and their labor in-- and resistance to-- plantation societies. Dr. Arena comes to GW after holding a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William & Mary. The OI and the University of North Carolina Press are committed to publishing her monograph about the forced migration of Indigenous captives from the Lesser Antilles and Guiana region to English and Dutch plantations. Dr. Arena teaches “Indigenous Peoples and Global Merchandise” and a course on Historical Methods using the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers.