Nathan Braccio

Office: Wood Hall 208
Advisor: Nancy Shoemaker
 
Research Interests:
Nathan Braccio is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut and studies the links between geography and identity in 17th-century new England. His current dissertation project, tentatively titled “Clashing New Englands: Identity and the Parallel Geographies of Algonquian and English New England, 1600-1730,” explores the differences and relationship between the two parallel geographies which Algonquians and English experienced and contemplated in seventeenth-century New England. Additionally, the dissertation will probe the ways that English and Algonquian attempts to understand and organize themselves spatially were an essential part of their identity formation. How communities decided to represent themselves on a map, whom to expel from their physical communities, and whom to admit tied people’s identities to the land and marked who could be Algonquian or English. By connecting geography to identity, this project aims to emphasize an often overlooked central facet of identity formation in colonial New England.

Nathan’s work draws upon maps in a variety of ways, including using historical maps as a crucial cultural text. Nathan is also using mapping softwares, including GIS, to make maps as both analytical tools and digital visualizations.

 
Biography:
Nathan received his BA and MA in history from American University in Washington DC. Nathan is also currently attending the Folger Library’s Yearlong Dissertation Seminar, “Researching the Archive,” on a grant-in-aid provided by the Folger. More information on Nathan can be found on his website nathanbraccio.com or his twitter, @NathanBraccio.

 
Selected Presentations:
“‘contrary, both to the law of God and the law of this country’: Indian Slavery, African Slavery, and Christianity in Seventeenth-Century New England,” Annual Conference of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture, 2016

“Enslaving the Heathen, Enslaving the Christian: The Connections between American Indian and African Slavery in Seventeenth-Century New England,” New England Historical Association Conference, Spring 2015