Carla G. Pestana

Carla G. Pestana

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A professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, Carla G. Pestana holds the Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America and the World there, where she had attended graduate school and had studied with Appleby as well as Gary Nash. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Pestana taught at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her research focuses on religion and empire in early America and the English Atlantic world, and she frequently returns to the Quakers, the subject of her first publication. Her teaching covers these topics as well as pirates and witches, among other subjects. Her most recent books include The English Conquest of Jamaica: Oliver Cromwell's Bid for Empire (2017), Protestant Empire: Religion and the Making of the British Atlantic World (2009), and The English Atlantic in an Age of Revolution, 1640–1661 (2004).

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  • Early American Religion: Inadvertent Diversity, Its Causes and Consequences
  • The Significance of the English Conquest of Jamaica for Early American History
  • Why Pirates in the Caribbean?
  • Plymouth Plantation in the Atlantic World