University at Buffalo Department of History


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Claire S. Schen, Associate Professor
office: 577 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8424

Picture of Schen's Book

A.B., Brown, 1987; Ph.D., Brandeis, 1995

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: Gender and Sexuality
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


Early Modern Europe, North and South Atlantic


Culture and Society, Gender, Transnational Developments

Research Interests:

Early Modern Britain, Piety and Religion, 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

"Breaching 'Community' in Britain: Captives, Renegades, and the Redeemed," in eds. Karen Spierling and Michael Halvorson, Defining Community in Early Modern Europe (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, forthcoming), Series: St Andrews Studies in Reformation History

"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:

•Book Review Co-Editor (with Patrick McDevitt) of the Journal of British Studies, incorporating Albion
Please visit the Journal of British Studies website for more information

•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



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