Eric Otremba

Old Main, Room 311
FAX: 651-696-6498

Office Hours
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Eric Otremba is a visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College, teaching classes on early America, early modern England, and the Atlantic World. Eric earned his doctorate from the history department at the University of Minnesota in 2012. His research interests include Atlantic slavery; the British Empire; English Puritanism; the Enlightenment and the history of science; early America within contemporary identity; and historical pedagogy.

Eric's current project is entitled "Experimental Empire: Science, Sugar, and Plantation Slavery in the English Atlantic, 1626-1688." The work examines confluences between the novel ideas and knowledge techniques associated with the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution, and the concurrent proliferation of Caribbean slave plantations. This project has sent Eric to archives in Barbados, Jamaica, Massachusetts, and the Huntington Library, as he traces connections between Baconian experiment, infrastructural improvement schemes, nascent political economy theories, English convict reform, and the expansion of slave-based empire in the seventeenth century.

Eric has also published and presented on a variety of other topics including early modern technology transfer, plantations and visual culture, conspicuous consumption in the colonial Chesapeake, Daniel Defoe, slavery's legacy within contemporary labor regimes, and teaching the U.S. survey.

Prior to Macalester, Eric has taught at the University of Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College, and GTC College, a secondary school in Belize. He has also led courses on early and modern U.S. history, world history, Atlantic slavery, and the history of technology.