Russell Shorto was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He has three children (Anna, Eva, and Anthony) and three step-children (Reinier, Hector, and Benjamin). He writes books of narrative history; he believes history is most meaningful to us when it manifests itself through individuals in conflict. His books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. He is senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. His interests include the past, the present and the future, not necessarily in that order.

Wim Klooster is Professor of History at Clark University in the United States, where he has taught since 2003. After earning his doctorate at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), he has been a Fulbright fellow, an Alexander Vietor Memorial Fellow and an Inter-Americas Mellon Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, a Charles Warren Fellow at Harvard University, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Atlantic History at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in Wassenaar. His work has a strong comparative dimension and focuses on revolt and revolution, maritime illegality, the Dutch empire, and Jewish trade and migration, Klooster is the author of dozens of articles and nine monographs and edited books, including The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World (2016), Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History (2009), and Illicit Riches: Dutch Trade in the Caribbean, 1648-1795 (1998). Klooster has been co-editor of Brill’s Atlantic World series since 2001.

Bill Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, State University of New York College at Oneonta; NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities, Hartwick College. A longtime student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, Starna is the recipient of a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Donald M. Blinken Fellowship in Academic Administration at SUNY. He is the author of From Homeland to New Land: A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600–1830 and co-editor—with Charles Gehring— of A Journey into Mohawk and Oneida Country, 1634–1635: The Journal of Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert.

Amy Ransford is a historian of early America and a Ph.D. candidate in history at Indiana University. Her dissertation, "Trading Women: Patriarchy and Colonialism in the Hudson River Valley, 1600–1790," analyzes entangled kinship and trade networks throughout the Hudson and Mohawk River Valleys over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She is especially interested in the experiences of Native and European women whose commercial and productive activities were central to the long process of colonization. She was the New Netherland Institute’s Student Scholar in Residence (2017–2018) and currently holds Indiana University’s Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship. She recently taught a course on Revolutionary America and served for 3 years as an Editorial Assistant at the American Historical Review. She is a native Hoosier and lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her daughter and wild little dog.

Michael J. Douma is an assistant research professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he is the Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He is a graduate of Hope College and Florida State University. He also studied for a year in Leiden, the Netherlands, and was a Fulbright Scholar for a year in Amsterdam. He is the author of 4 books, with a few more on the way. These include Veneklasen Brick: A Family, a Company, and Unique Nineteenth Century Dutch Architectural Movement in Michigan (Eerdmans, 2005), How Dutch Americans Stayed Dutch (Univ of Amsterdam, 2014), and Creative Historical Thinking (Routledge, 2018). Forthcoming with Leiden University Press is his book The Colonization of Freed African Americans in Suriname.

Stephen McErleane is director of the New Netherland Institute and a doctoral candidate in history at the State University of New York at Albany, where he is currently writing a dissertation on the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland in history & memory. He also holds a master's in information science (archives) from SUNY Albany. He is from Stony Point, NY and currently lives in Troy, NY. 

Maeve Kane is Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Albany. Her research focuses on the social and economic history of gender, race and culture contact in early America and the early modern Atlantic world, with a focus on clothing as a site of conflict over religion, sovereignty and political economy. Her current project, Shirts Powdered Red, examines Iroquois women's labor and consumer choices from first contact through the reservation period of the mid-nineteenth century. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on material culture, archaeology, art and digital methods to examine economic change and consumer agency. As an extension of her interest in material culture and consumerism, she is also interested in the construction of race and authenticity in public history through historical reenactments and hobbyist living history.

About the New Netherland Institute

For a quarter century NNI has helped cast light on America's Dutch roots. In 2010, it partnered with the New York State Office of Cultural Education to establish the New Netherland Research Center, with matching funds from the State of the Netherlands. NNI is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. More

The New Netherland Research Center

Housed in the New York State Library, the NNRC offers students, educators, scholars and researchers a vast collection of early documents and reference works on America's Dutch era. Directed by Dr. Charles Gehring. More


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