I teach courses in Early American history, Atlantic History, and Women’s History. I am an affiliate faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies (GWST), Language, Literacy and Culture (LLC), and Public Policy. I served as Chair of the History Department from 2011-2018.
I am finishing a book about a massive and nearly successful slave rebellion in a in Dutch colony (now the Republic of Guyana) in South America tentatively titled Slaves Remastered: An Untold Story of Rebellion, Revolution, and Restoration in the Atlantic World (under contract with The New Press).
An article about this work, “Dodging Rebellion: Politics and Gender in the Berbice Slave Uprising of 1763,” was published in the American Historical Review in Feb. 2016. It won the 2016-17 article prize awarded by FEEGI (Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction), the 2017 Carol Gold Award from the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the 2017 Kimberly Hanger Prize of the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association, and the 2017 Vanderwood Prize from the Conference on Latin American History.
Together with Michael McDonnell and Andrew Schocket, I am editing a three-volume The Cambridge History of the American Revolution. Previously, I published Breaking Loose Together: The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002). My work has been supported by, among others, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Historical Association, the John Carter Brown Library, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, as well as UMBC. In 2018-2019, I am on research leave as an NEH Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
For some of my work, see https://independent.academia.edu/MarjoleineKars