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Faculty Biography

Willem Klooster

Willem Klooster, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of History
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 421-3768

Professor Klooster received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Groningen in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. from the University of Leiden in 1995. He has been at Clark since 2003.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Klooster specializes in the history of the Atlantic world (15th-19th centuries). He teaches classes on comparative colonialism (the Americas), the age of Atlantic revolutions (1776-1824), and Caribbean history.

Selected Publications

(Complete publications list)


Curacao in the Age of Revolutions  The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination   Revolutions in the Atlantic World  Illicit Riches. Dutch Trade in the Caribbean  Power and the City in the Netherlandic World

(Co-editor with Oostindie, Gert) Curacao in the Age of Revolutions: 1795-1800 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011).

Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (New York University Press, 2009).

(Editor) Migration, Trade, and Slavery in an Expanding World: Essays in Honor of Pieter Emmer (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009).

Power and the City in the Netherlandic World, 1400-1700 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006), co-edited with Wayne te Brake.

The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005), co-edited with Alfred Padula.

Illicit Riches. Dutch Trade in the Caribbean, 1648-1795 (Leiden: KITLV Press, 1998).

The Dutch in the Americas, 1600-1800 (Providence, RI: The John Carter Brown Library, 1997).

Geschiedenis van Albanië ["History of Albania"] (Amsterdam: De Bataafsche Leeuw, 1991).

Book Chapters

"Inter-Imperial Smuggling in the Americas, 1600-1800," in: Bernard Bailyn and Patricia L. Denault, eds., Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1470-1825 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009), 141-180, 505-528.

"Networks of Colonial Entrepreneurs: The Founders of the Jewish Settlements in Dutch America, 1650s and 1660s," in Richard Kagan and Philip D. Morgan, eds., Atlantic Diasporas: Jews, Conversos, and Crypto-Jews in the Age of Mercantilism, 1500-1800 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009): 31-49, 226-236.

"The Place of New Netherland in the West India Company's Grand Scheme," in: Joyce Goodfriend, ed., Revisiting New Netherland (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 57-70.

"Anglo-Dutch Trade in the Seventeenth Century: An Atlantic Partnership," in: Allan MacInness and Arthur Williamson, eds., Shaping the Stuart World, 1603-1714: The Atlantic Connection (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 261-282.

"Between Habsburg Neglect and Bourbon Assertiveness: Hispano-Dutch Relations in the New World, 1650-1750," in: Ana Crespo Solana and Manuel Herrero Sánchez, eds., España y los diecisiete Países Bajos, siglos XVI-XVIII: una revisión historiográfica (Córdoba: Universidad de Córdoba, 2002): 703-718.

"Other Netherlands Beyond the Sea: Dutch America between Metropolitan Control and Divergence, 1600-1795," in: Christine Daniels and Michael Kennedy, eds., Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820 (London: Routledge, 2002): 171-192.