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Rosalind Beiler

Rosalind Beiler, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania (1994)

Research Interests

Early American History, Atlantic History, Migration, Early Modern German History, Public History 

Recent Research Activities

Rosalind J. Beiler's research focuses on migration in the early modern Atlantic world. Her first book, Immigrant and Entrepreneur: The Atlantic World of Caspar Wistar, 1650-1750, examines the process of cultural adaptation and change through the lens of one eighteenth-century German immigrant to the British colonies. Her current book project explores the ways religious communication networks became conduits for information about migration opportunities and provided the dynamic for shifting migration streams at the turn of the seventeenth to the eighteenth century. Beiler has conducted research as a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Berlin Germany, and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has presented her work at conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Selected Publications

Books

  • Immigrant and Entrepreneur: The Atlantic World of Caspar Wistar, 1650-1750 (University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008).

Articles/Essays

  • “Information Brokers and Mediators:  The Role of Diplomats in the Migrations of German-speaking People, 1709-1711.”  In A Peculiar Mixture:  German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-Century North America.  Jan Stievermann and Oliver Scheiding, eds.  University Park, Pa.:  The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013, 43-57.

  • “Migration and Loss of Spiritual Community:  The Case of Daniel Falckner and Anna Maria Schuchart.”  In Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany.  Lynne Tatlock, ed.  Leiden:  Brill, 2010, 369-95.

  • “Dissenting Religious Communication Networks and Migration, 1660-1710.”  In Soundings in Atlantic History: Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1500-1825, Bernard Bailyn, ed.  Cambridge, Ma.:  Harvard University Press, 2009, 210-236.
  • "Information Networks and the Dynamics of Migration: Swiss Anabaptist Exiles and Their Host Communities," in Religious Refugees in Europe, Asia and North America (6th-21st century), Susanne Lachenicht, ed. (Lit Verlag, 2007).
  • "Searching for Prosperity: German Migration to the British American Colonies, 1688-1780," in The Atlantic World: Studies in Migration, Imagination and Slavery, Prentice Hall, 2005.
  • "Bridging the Gap: Cultural Mediators and the Structure of Transatlantic Communication," in Atlantic Communications: The Media in American and German History from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2004.
  • "Smuggling Goods or Moving Households The Legal Status of German-speaking Immigrants in the First British Empire," in Meschen zwischen zwei Welten: Auswanderung, Ansiedlung, Akkulturation, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2002, 9-23.
  • With Klaus Irmscher, "Die Wanderungsbewegungen der Glasmacher Wenzel aus Gründau-Breitenborn im Deutschen Südwesten, Zweite Teil," Genealogie, 26, 2002, 301-315; 350-357.
  • "Caspar Wistar: German-American Entrepreneur and Cultural Broker," in The Human Tradition in America from the Colonial Era to Reconstruction, Scholarly Resources, 2001.
  • "From the Rhine Valley to the Delaware Valley: The Eighteenth-Century Transatlantic Trade Channels of Caspar Wistar," in In Search of Peace and Prosperity: New Settlements in Eighteenth-Century Europe and America, Penn State University Press, 2000, 172-188.
  • With Klaus Irmscher, "Die Wanderungsbewegungen der Glasmacher Wenzel aus Gründau-Breitenborn im Deutschen Südwesten, Zweite Teil," Genealogie, 9/10, 1998, 274-296.
  • "Distributing Aid to Believers in Need: The Religious Foundations of Transatlantic Migration." Pennsylvania History, Special Supplemental Issue, 64, 1997, 73-87.
  • "Peterstal and Wistarburg: The Transfer and Adaptation of Business Strategies in Eighteen-Century American Glassmaking," Business and Economic History, 26, 1997, 343-353.

Awards

  • NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship 2006, The Library Company of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Senior Scholar, Lecture/Research Fulbright Grant 2003-04, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
  • Scholars-in-Residence Award 1997, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Summer Research Fellowship 1995, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE.

Courses

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80064 AMH2010H Honors U.S. History: 1492-1877 Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Unavailable
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90906 AMH4112 The Atlantic World Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
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90911 AMH6939 Seminar in U.S. History Face2Face M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
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11565 AMH4110 Colonial America, 1607-1763 Rdce Time Tu 9:00AM - 10:15AM Unavailable
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10570 HIS4150 History and Historians Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
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61473 AMH5116 Colloq in U.S. Colonial History Face2Face C M 6:00PM - 8:50PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80058 AMH2010H Honors U.S. History: 1492-1877 Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Unavailable
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81847 AMH4112 The Atlantic World Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Unavailable
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No courses found for Spring 2018.

Updated: Dec 2, 2016