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Benjamin Herman

Benjamin Herman
108 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. M.A., Penn State University, 2017
  2. B.A., University of Delaware, 2014


I am a fifth year graduate student studying religion and migration in the early modern British Empire. I am currently at work on a dissertation tentatively titled "Atlantic Arbitrations: Law, Social Conflict, and English Cultural Identity in the Atlantic World, c. 1620-1660." My research examines the use of courts and petitions by private citizens during the first decades of English colonization of America, and how use of these institutions integrated the English colonies into the oversight of the central government in London. Additional research interests include the use of advertising and print culture to attract migrants to the new world, and social conflict and civil disorder in the American colonies during the seventeenth century.

Recent Courses:

HIST120- Europe Since 1789

Awards and Service:

North American Conference for British Studies Pre-Dissertation Grant, 2018

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Keystone Fellowship, 2018

New Directions Pilot Fellowship, Penn State University, 2017