These pages make available some of my professional activities and accomplishments. My research specialization is in the visual culture produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth century Low Countries. In my book, Early Modern Dutch Prints of Africa, (Ashgate, 2012) I examine the ethnographic images in Dutch travel accounts and maps and the reception these early images received in the nascent Dutch Republic.
I am particularly interested in the nature and implications of Dutch exploration and trade in the Atlantic and how visual culture produced as a result of these interactions affected the process of knowledge formation in the Netherlands and in indigenous societies.
I am continuing to study the visuality of legal and military power examining Dutch maps of New Holland (Dutch Brazil), and New Netherland (Dutch New York), and contemporary maps produced by satellite technology.