Christian Koot

Professor and Department Chair


Contact Info

LA 4210F
M 4:00-4:50, W 12:00-12:50,
and by appt.


Ph.D., University of Delaware, 2005

Areas of Expertise

U.S. in the Colonial and Early Modern Periods; History of the Atlantic World; Economic and Commercial History; History of Cartography


Christian J. Koot joined the History Department in 2007 after receiving his PhD from the University of Delaware. He is the author of two books, Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (NYU Press, 2011) and A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (NYU Press, 2018). A Biography of a Map in Motion focuses on the production and consumption of one extraordinary and now rare transatlantic object, a map of the seventeenth-century Chesapeake, and the colonial merchant, planter, and diplomat who created it, Augustine Herrman.

Professor Koot’s research interests focus on the United States in the Colonial and Early Modern periods, the history of the Atlantic world and the Caribbean, economic and commercial history, imperial history, and the History of Cartography. At Towson University he teaches courses in these areas as well as a TSEM focused on the History of Towson University in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Koot is also the Chair of the History Department.

Selected Publications

A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake (New York University Press, 2018)
Empire at the Periphery: British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713 (New York University Press, Early American Places Book Series, July 2011).

“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” Winterthur Portfolio, 53, 1 (Spring, 2019), 3-39.
"Anglo-Dutch Trade in the Chesapeake and the British Caribbean, 1621-1733,” in Gert Oostindie & Jessica Roitman, ed., Dutch Atlantic Connections,1680-1800: Networks and Nodal Points (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 72-102.
“The Merchant, the Map, and Empire: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake and Interimperial Trade, 1644-1673,” William and Mary Quarterly, 62, 4 (October 2010), 603-44.

Recent Lectures and Presentations

“Things to Think With: The Use of Borders on Seventeenth-Century Maps of the British Atlantic,” Geographies of Power Workshop, Philadelphia, Penn.
“A Biography of a Map in Motion: Augustine Herrman’s Chesapeake,” Washington Map Society, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
“Imagining the West Indies: An Early English Map of Montserrat,” British Group in Early American Studies 2017 Annual Meeting, Portsmouth, England

Recent Book Reviews

“More than Just illustrations: the Cartographic Turn in Early American History,” review essay of S. Max Edelson, The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence and Martin Brückner, The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860 in Reviews in American History, 47, 1 (March 2019), 17-23.
Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World in The American Historical Review, 123, 1(2018), 187-188.

Awards and Honors

NEH Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library, Winterthur, Delaware, 2011
Jeannette D. Black Memorial Research Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, 2011
Faculty Development and Research Committee Summer Research Fellowship, Towson University, 2009
Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Theta Beta Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta, Towson University, 2009
Towson Academy of Scholars, Towson University, 2008-09
American Historical Association Kraus Research Grant, 2007
International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University, Short-Term Research Grant, 2007

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