Karin Wulf

Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian

In October, 2021 Karin Wulf began as Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History at Brown University.  A historian of early America, what she refers to as “Vast Early America,” from 2013 to 2021 she was the Executive Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and Professor of History at William & Mary.  Wulf earned her PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1993.  She writes for public and academic audiences about early American history, the worlds of scholarship and scholarly publishing, and why footnotes can save democracy (really).  The author or editor of prize-winning scholarship on gender, family, and politics, she is now finishing Lineage: Genealogy and the Power of Connection in 18th Century British America for Oxford University Press and is under contract to complete Genealogy: a Very Short Introduction, also for OUP.  Having served on a variety of boards, she is appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia 250 commission for the commonwealth, is a board member for the National History Center and a co-founder of Women Also Know History.