She studies early modern history, the history of science and technology, history of the book and information, maritime history, and colonial trade networks in the Indian Ocean world.
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.
Schotte is an avid runner who has represented Canada abroad as a distance runner and professional duathlete.