Alden T. Vaughan taught in the Department of History at Columbia for thirty-three years before his retirement in 1994. Since 2002 he has also been an Affiliate Professor of History at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Vaughan’s teaching and research examine British America in the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, especially the perceptions and interactions of Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans in the formative decades of diverse settler societies. His publications include New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians, 1620-1675 (1965, 3rd ed. 1995); American Genesis: Captain John Smith and the Founding of Virginia (1975); Roots of American Racism (1995) – a selection of his essays on that topic; and Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776 (2006, pb. ed., with corrections 2008). Vaughan also publishes on Shakespeare, often in collaboration with his wife, Virginia Mason Vaughan, a literary scholar. Their works include Shakespeare’s Caliban: A Cultural History (1991) and Shakespeare in America (2012). The Vaughans co-edited The Tempest in the Arden Shakespeare 3rdseries (1999, rev. ed. 2011) and two anthologies on that play (1998, 2014).
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