University of Wisconsin–Madison

Pernille Ipsen

Associate Professor


Office: 3307 Sterling
Mailbox: 5032 Mosse Humanities
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: On Leave

Pernille Ipsen


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.


M.A., – Copenhagen University
Ph.D., – Copenhagen University


Selected Publications

  • Pernille Ipsen: “”The Christened Mulatresses”: Euro-African Families in a Slave trading Town” in The William and Mary Quarterly (April 2013).
  • Pernille I. Hamilton and Henrikke Terp Møllevang: Hver tid sin Pocahontas. Om kulturmøder og koloniseringen af Nordamerika (Gyldendal 2003). [In English: 400 years of Pocahontas stories. Cultural encounters and the colonization of North America].
  • Pernille Ipsen (ed.): Midlertidigt ophold. Kvindehjemmet i København 1902-2002 af Tinne Wammen (Hans Reitzels Forlag 2002). [In English: Temporary Lodging. Copenhagen Women’s shelter 1902-2002 by Tinne Wammen].
  • Editor + co-author of the introduction of a special issue of the journal Itinerario about “Nordic Colonialism” based on a collection of papers presented at three conferences hosted in our network “Global Cultural History“.

History Courses

  • History 200 – Explorers, Colonizers, Travelers: Travel Writing as Historical Sources
  • History 201 – Historian’s Craft: Explorers, Colonizers & Travelers: Travel Writing as Historical Sources – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History/GWS 315: Gender, Race & Colonialism
  • History 600 – Race and Gender in the Atlantic World, 1500-1900 – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 680/690 – Senior Thesis Writing Colloquium – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 703 – History and Theory: Recent Approaches to Cultural History – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
  • History 800 – MA Thesis Writing Colloquium