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Joyce Chaplin

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Joyce Chaplin is James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History and Director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. She has taught at five different universities on two continents and an island, and in a maritime studies program on the Atlantic Ocean. Joyce is interested in early American history, intellectual history, and environmental history, and she is the author of books including The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (2006). Currently Joyce is writing a 500-year history of around-the-world travel.

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