University of Southern California

Graduate Students

Keith Pluymers

Status: Pre_Qual

Contact Information

E-mail: keith.pluymers@usc.edu

Biographical Sketch


After growing up in New Jersey, I completed my BA in History at the University of Delaware where I wrote an honors thesis on the role of cattle in the England's seventeenth-century colonial project in Ireland.  My dissertation examines the shifting relationships between people and the environment that shaped England's Atlantic expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  In addition, I have examined piracy and illicit trade in seventeenth-century Ireland.

Education

  • BA Univ Delaware


Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California, 2010

Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests


  • I am currently exploring how English writers thought about nature and how these ideas shaped settlers' environmental behavior in seventeenth-century Ireland and North America.

Research Keywords


  • Nature, Agriculture, Colonization, Ireland, England, Early Colonial North America, Early Modern, Environmental History

Research Specialties


  • Early Modern Europe, Atlantic World, England, Ireland, Colonial North America, Environmental and Agrarian History, Colonization

Publications

  • Journal Article
    Pluymers, K. D. "Taming the Wilderness in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Ireland and Virginia." Environmental History Vol. 16, no. 4. (2011): 610–632.