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Dr. Joanne Jahnke-Wegner (she/her/hers)

Joanne Jahnke-Wegner
  • Assistant Professor
  • History

Teaching Interests

Early America
Native America
Women & Gender, Slavery
Atlantic World
History of Capitalism



Research and Creative Activities

I am currently finishing my dissertation titled Captive Economies: Gender, Captivity, and the Politics of Reproduction in the Northeastern Borderlands, 1630-1763, where I compare the creation of English and Native captive trade networks for what that can tell us about human fungibility, commodification, and the centrality of captive bodies for social reproduction and the reproduction of geopolitical power. I am also interested in the colonial roots of the modern-day trafficking and disappearance of Native women.


BA (Magna cum laude) History & English, UW-Eau Claire
MA History, UW-Eau Claire
Ph. D. University of Minnesota