Makiki A. Reuvers

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PhD StudentUniversity of Pennsylvania DC Alumni Fellow 2018-2019



My primary research interests center on borderland spaces in Colonial & Early America. Through my undergraduate thesis I examined how cross-cultural physical and ideological conflicts manifested as spectral threats in settler narratives in the eighteenth century Mississippi River Valley. Since my arrival at Penn, my research interests extended backwards in time and outward in geographical space to seventeenth century New France. In my work on New France I focus on the emergence and evolution of tensions between the Iroquois Five Nations and French Jesuit missionaries throughout the course of the seventeenth century.

My current dissertation research at Penn expands even further on my geographic exploration of borderlands by looking at transformations of race, empire, and colonial rule in seventeenth century New England and Iroquoia during King William's War.



M.A., University of Pennsylvania (2018)

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2016)

Research Interests

Early American History, Borderland and Frontier History, Native American History, History of Empire in Early North America, Comparative Race Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Cross-cultural History.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant: 

HIST 162: American West (Spring 2019)
HIST 011: Deciphering America (Fall 2018)
HIST 171: The American South, 1865 - Present (Spring 2018)
HIST 170: The American South to 1865 (Fall 2017)

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