Erica Heinsen-Roach, Ph.D.
Erica Heinsen-Roach (Ph.D. University of Miami, 2012) specializes in the histories of early modern Europe and the Mediterranean with an emphasis on the Dutch Republic. Her current research investigates how the relationship between diplomacy and captivity, and questions of sovereignty and maritime expansion informed cultural encounters. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Itinerario and Dutch Crossing. Her dissertation, “Consuls, Captives, and Corsairs: The Creation of Dutch Diplomacy in the Mediterranean, 1596-1699” received the 2014 Parker Schmitt Dissertation Award from the European Section of the Southern Historical Association. Currently, she is working on a manuscript that examines the role played by Protestant Europe in redefining Christian-Muslim encounters as a political event in the seventeenth-century Mediterranean. In support of her work, she has received numerous research and travel grants. In her classes, Dr. Heinsen-Roach emphasizes global connections and comparisons in the medieval and early modern periods. She engages students to critically think about transnational issues by comparing piracy (Piracy: A Maritime History) and captivity in a global context (Captivity and Slavery in Global Perspective). Students discuss the question of cultural interactions in her classes on Christian and Muslim Relations in the Mediterranean and on Medieval Culture.