Stephen T Staggs


Stephen Staggs

Education

  • B.A., History, Calvin College
  • M.A., Colonial North America and Early Modern Europe, Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Colonial North America and Early Modern Europe, Western Michigan University

Biography

Stephen Staggs is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have two daughters. Stephen plays the bass guitar and enjoys hiking and backpacking with his dog, Rudy, and watching voetbal (soccer). He is also an enthusiastic supporter of Ajax and the Dutch national team.

Academic interests

Professor Staggs's interests include the history of Early Modern Europe and Colonial North America, Native-Dutch relations in New Netherland, and pedagogical studies.

For the academic year 2010–2011, Stephen Staggs was a Fulbright student affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam where he researched Protestant conceptualizations of Native Americans made by early modern Dutch theologians. This became a central aspect of his dissertation, which he defended in February 2014.

In September 2012, Professor Staggs presented “The View from the Dutch Republic: Protestant Conceptualizations of Indians” at the 35th Annual New Netherland Seminar. In Spring 2013, he published “The View from the Dutch Republic: Protestant Conceptualizations of Indians” in De Halve Maen (vol. 86, no. 1): 3–6.

Professor Staggs recently became an editor of the H-Low Countries website, which is a part of the H-Net organization of scholars and teachers who advance the educational potential of the Internet.

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