Historian of gender and colonialism in the early modern Atlantic world
Dr Misha Ewen is an historian of early modern England and its empire in the Atlantic world. She is the Curator for Inclusive History at Historic Royal Palaces, having previously held a Hallsworth Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester and postdoctoral position at the University of Kent. She completed her PhD at University College London in 2018, where she was the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholarship. She has held visiting fellowships at Yale University, the Huntington Library, and Folger Shakespeare Library.
Misha's research focuses on the economic and legal practices English women used to manage property and wealth in colonies, including as absentee slave-owners; how women's wealth, generated through empire, made its way back into early modern England; and women's imperial self-fashioning through collecting. Her first monograph, forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press, examines how people across the social spectrum in seventeenth-century England participated in colonial enterprise. Her research on gender, colonialism, and trading companies has been published in The Historical Journal, Gender & History, and Cultural and Social History.
She is an associate of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and member of the Royal Historical Society.