Claire S. Schen


Prof. Claire Schen.

Claire S. Schen


Claire S. Schen



Early Modern European History; The Atlantic World; Intellectual History; History of Religion; Social and Cultural History; Transnational History


  • PhD, Brandeis, 1995
  • AB, Brown, 1987

Courses Regularly Taught

UGC 111: Word Civilizations I
HIS 317: Early Modern Britain
HIS 330: Race, Religion, and Sex in Early Modern Europe
HIS 415: Topics in Renaissance History
HIS 421: Topics in British History
HIS 504: Early Modern Core
HIS 529: European Social History
HIS 541: Early Modern Britain
HIS 550: European Reformations

Research Interests

Early Modern Britain, London, English Reformation, religious toleration and conflict, piracy

Current Research

I am currently working on a history of pirates and captives in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially how they moved between their British homes and identities and their “adopted” ones.

Selected Publications


Charity and Lay Piety in Reformation London, 1500-1620 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002), St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History


“London,” Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation, in ed. Margaret King, (New York: Oxford University Press, May 15, 2014).

“Breaching ‘Community’ in Britain: Captives, Renegades, and the Redeemed,” in eds. Karen Spierling and Michael Halvorson, Defining Community in Early Modern Europe, St. Andrews Studies in Reformation History (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, Nov. 2008), pp. 229-246

“Piracy in the Atlantic and Mediterranean,” in eds. Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra and Erik R. Seeman, The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 (Prentice Hall, 2006), pp. 149-61

“Greeks and ‘Grecians’ in London: The ‘Other’ Strangers,” in eds. Randolph Vigne and Charles Littleton, From Strangers to Citizens: The Integration of Immigrant Communities in Britain, Ireland, and Colonial America, 1550-1750 (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2001), pp. 268-75

“Constructing the Poor in Early Seventeenth-Century London,” _Albion_, Vol. 32, No. 3, Fall 2000, pp. 450-63.

Affiliations and Other Notes

  • Early Modern Reading Group
  • Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender [IREWG]


  • 2008: Grant-in-aid from The Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, to attend year-long-colloquium on “Forms of Religious Experience in the 17th-Century British Atlantic World”
  • 2004: Grant-in-Aid from The Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Fall Faculty Weekend Seminar, “Religious Conflict and Toleration in the Early Modern World,” Sept. 17-18, 2004