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Jenna Schultz

Lecturer of History

Jenna Schultz is an early modern European historian who specializes in 16th and 17th century Anglo-Scottish borderlands, British national identity, and social and cultural history.

More About Me

Her research focuses on the socio-political impact of the 1603 Union of the Crowns on the Anglo-Scottish borderlands. Her recent book provides a window into early modern state formation, diplomacy, and cross-border interactions during a key moment in history. The century-long study argues that, though the official borderline disappeared after union, the unique administrative arrangements, social and economic bonds of kinship, and built landscape served to uphold the notion of continued separation between the kingdoms.

Research Interests

  • Anglo-Scottish relations
  • Borderland studies
  • Nationalism and identity
  • Cartographic history
  • Travel literature
  • Dynastic transitions

Representative Courses

Medieval Health and Medicine


Review of The Clergy in Early Modern Scotland, ed. By Chris R. Langely et al, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 73, no. 4 (2022)

Review of Public Opinion in Early Modern Scotland, c. 1560-1707, by Karin Bowie, Journal of British Studies 61, no. 3 (2022)

National Identity and the Anglo-Scottish Borderlands, 1552-1652, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, March 2019.

“Inventing England: English identity and the Scottish ‘other’, 1585-1625,” in Local Antiquities, Local Identities: Art, Literature and Antiquarianism in Early Modern Europe, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.

Review of The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England, by Graham Robb, Scotia 40 (2018).

“The Border Reivers: Opportunists or Political Collaborators? The Raids of Ruthven and Stirling, 1582-1585,” Scotia 38 (2016), 7-29.

I have made great warrs in Skotland, and I praye god I make no troubles in other realmes also’: Mary, Queen of Scots in Carlisle, 1568,” Scotia 37 (2015), 1-23.

Review of Conflict Commerce, and Franco-Scottish Relations, 1560-1713, by Siobhan Talbott, International Review of Scottish Studies 40 (2015), 123-125.


Recent Presentations/Conferences:

Presenter: “Unification and Discord in the Borderlands,1595-1606: New Perspectives on Regime Change,” Huntington Library, 1/2019

Presenter: “Reactions to Union: The History of the British Isles,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Milwaukee, 10/2017

Panel Chair: “Myth, Religion, and Identity in England and Wales,” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, Milwaukee, 10/2017

Presenter: “Administering the Borders: The King, Parliament, and Locals, 1603-1625,” North American Conference on British Studies, Washington, D.C., 11/2016

Panel organizer and presenter: “The Border Reivers: Opportunists or Political Collaborators? The Raids of Ruthven and Stirling, 1582-1585,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 1/2016