Heather Vermeulen is a doctoral candidate in Yale University’s departments of African American Studies and American Studies, with a Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation reimagines kinship and archival relation through the intersections of slavery and ecology. She focuses in particular on slavery in British colonial Jamaica, relating 18th- and 19th-century archival documents to literature and arts of the African Diaspora. She was lead curator of the exhibition “Prospects of Empire: Slavery & Ecology in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain,” which was shown at Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library from November 17, 2014 through May 1, 2015. Her research has received support from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Lewis Walpole Library, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition, and Fund for Lesbian & Gay Studies.
Teaching and Research Interests
slavery in the Caribbean and U.S.; African Diasporic literature and arts; gender and sexuality; postcolonial theory; cultural studies; natural history; the Enlightenment; ecology
B.A. English Literature & Spanish Language and Literature, University of Richmond, 2007 M.A.R. Bible, Yale Divinity School, 2010