University of Southern California

Graduate Students

Keith Pluymers

Status: Pre_Qual

Contact Information


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.


  • BA Univ Delaware

Employment History

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Southern California, 2010


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


  • 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.