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Ph.D. John Freeman


John Freeman is a researcher of the early modern Baltic and Atlantic. His current project investigates the entanglements of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Duchy of Courland with the Atlantic colonial and slave trades in the seventeenth century.

John obtained his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2022, his MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London in 2016 and his BA at the University of Cambridge in 2015.

Before Warsaw, he worked at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research, University of Greifswald and the Centre for Geopolitics, Cambridge.

Further research interests include the colonial ambitions of the Duchy of Courland in the seventeenth century and its encounters in Africa and the Caribbean, interpretations of colonialism and indigenousness in the Baltic Sea region, and trans-regional networks.


John Freeman (2023) The struggle for neutrality: An examination of the Duchy of Courland in the Baltic and Atlantic, 1642–1698, Atlantic Studies, 20:1, 2-32.