Pernille Ipsen

Associate Professor

(608) 770-9843

3307 Sterling Hall

Pernille Ipsen

Curriculum Vitae

Pernille Ipsen specializes in the cultural and social history of the Atlantic world with a broad interest in interracial marriage and developments in social categories of race and gender during European colonialism and encounters with “others” around the globe.

Her book Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) is a history about the production of race in the Atlantic world. The book follows five generations of marriages between African women and European men in an Atlantic slave trading port on the Gold Coast. It begins in the early eighteenth century, when Christiansborg became the headquarters for the Danish slave trade in West Africa. It ends in 1850, after the European side of the slave trade had officially been abolished. It shows how intermarrying with Europeans opened a special position for Euro-Africans in the increasingly stratified Atlantic World.

Gender & Women’s Studies Courses:
GWS 101: Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation
GWS 315: Gender, Race & Colonialism
GWS 640: Capstone seminar for seniors. Varying topics

History Courses:
HIST 200: Explorers, Colonizers, Travelers: Travel Writing as Historical Sources
HIST 600: Race & Gender in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850
HIST 680/90: Senior Thesis Writing Colloquium
HIST 703: History and Theory: Recent Approaches to Cultural History
HIST 800: MA Thesis Writing Colloquium