Casey Schmitt

Name and title:

Casey Schmitt, Assistant Professor, History

Academic focus:

Early American and Caribbean history, slavery, labor, and human trafficking

Current research project: 

My book manuscript titled: "The Predatory Sea: Human Trafficking, Colonization, and Trade in the Greater Caribbean, 1530-1690" 

Previous positions:

Barra Postdoctoral Fellow, McNeil Center for Early Americans Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2018-20

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., History, College of William and Mary, 2018
  • M.A., History, University of Utah, 2011
  • B.A., Spanish literature and culture, Arizona State University, 2007 

Last book read: 

“In the Woods” by Tana French and “Tacky's Revolt” by Vincent Brown

In your own time/when not working:

Hiking, cycling, kayaking, cooking, gardening, and camping

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Courses on race and slavery in the early Atlantic world, corruption in Early America and the history of human trafficking in the Americas

What most excites you about Cornell:

Working with talented, dedicated students and collaborating with my colleagues in history and other departments 

Twitter handle:



More News from A&S

 Casey Schmitt