About Me

Dr. Caroline Marris

I was born in London and raised in Cyprus before moving to the United States (Boston) in 1999. I graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in 2012 with a BA in History and English from New York University, where I wrote prize-winning senior theses on early modern privateering and Elizabethan imagery and co-edited the history department undergraduate journal, Historian. After graduation I worked for a year at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, helping to organize Teaching American History Grant programs for secondary school history teachers.

My teaching experience at Columbia spans five years and multiple types of courses, and I have completed the ‘Advanced Track’ of the Teaching Development Program at Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. My breadth of teaching includes:

        • Working as a Teaching Assistant for lecture and seminar courses on Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, Russian History Pre-1800, and Early Modern France;
        • Serving as Instructor of Record in the Core Curriculum for two full years (4 hours of intensive seminar per week);
        • Leading recitation sections focused on reading and understanding primary documents;
        • Lecturing on occasional topics including early modern bureaucracy, state-building in the 17th century, the Enlightenment, and the causes of World War II;
        • Designing assignments and reconfiguring syllabi;
        • Grading written work from short reflection paragraphs to 10/15-page essays;
        • Leading review sessions for exams;
        • Incorporating external cultural visits to various institutions (museums, art exhibits, etc.) and external media (music, films, theatre).

My dissertation, “The ‘Silver Sea’ and the Nation-State: The Multifaceted Geopolitics of the Early Modern English Channel,” was completed in Summer 2021 and focuses on the political and cartographic history of the Channel region in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly during the Dutch Revolt of 1566-1609. My research has been supported by Royal Museums Greenwich, the Harley Fellowship in the History of Cartography,  the Huntington Library of San Marino, CA, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, and the New York Public Library.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling and baking, write fiction, and am an enthusiastic follower of football (of the non-American variety). I have performed and recorded early music with the viola da gamba consort The Teares of the Muses, and have played with the Columbia University Orchestra and the New Opera Workshop on violin.

From January 2018 to January 2020, I served on the American Historical Association’s Graduate and Early Career Committee.

Please feel free to browse my CV  or contact me directly.