Laurie M. Wood is a historian of the early modern world. She is an Assistant Professor of History at Florida State University and affiliated with the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution. For the academic year 2017-18, she is a Fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University.
Her research focuses on Francophone history in comparative and global perspectives, with special attention to themes of legality and risk. Recent publications and works-in-progress have explored global networks of legal experts, crime and surveillance in Caribbean slave societies, and abandoned Indian Ocean fortunes. Her new book project, Risks & Realities: Death and Credit in the French Tropics, analyzes previously untapped cases of marital abandonment and accidental death to uncover the lives of the people, especially women, who maintained a global early modern economy one family enterprise at a time.
She primarily teaches courses in Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Early Modern European, and World History that bring together the early modern and 21st century worlds.
Dr. Wood holds a doctorate in History from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013-14, she was the Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Her research has been supported by the Hagley Library, the Huntington Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the Society for French Historical Studies & the Western Society for French History, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin Law School, Princeton University, and Florida State University.
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