About

Margaret Elizabeth Schotte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, Canada.

She studies early modern history of science, specializing in book history, history of technology, and the cultural and social history of Europe from 1500-1800. Her monograph, Sailing School: Navigating Science and Skill, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press (Spring 2019). This comparative study of early modern navigators and their contributions to modern science has been called “an original, perceptive and scholarly addition to work on the history of navigation and seafaring” and “an important contribution to the disciplines of the history of science, the history of technology, the history of pedagogy, and the history of print culture, and beyond.”

Schotte graduated with a degree in history and literature from Harvard University. She began her study of early print culture through a hands-on apprenticeship at a rare book dealership in New York City. Her academic and professional interests came together during the course of an MA in history and ‘book history and print culture’ at the University of Toronto. She then completed her doctorate at Princeton University in the History Department and the Program in the History of Science. Her dissertation, “A Calculated Course: Creating Transoceanic Navigators, 1580-1800,” received the Frank Broeze Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Maritime History in 2016.

Musée de la Marine, Honfleur, France
Musée de la Marine, Honfleur, France

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Schotte is an avid runner who has represented Canada abroad as a distance runner and professional duathlete.