Roitman received her BA in Religion at Maryville College (magna cum laude), received an MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University (magna cum laude), and a PhD in History from the University of Leiden in 2009 with a dissertation on inter-cultural trade and the Sephardim in early seventeenth-century Amsterdam. She was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the recipient of a NWO-funded Rubicon post-doctoral fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Roitman has worked on diverse topics including inter-cultural trade, networks and network failure, comparative migration histories, the construction of identities and ethnicities, trans-nationality, conflict resolution, cross-cultural encounters, and the dynamics of colonial law-making. She has previously worked at KITLV on the NWO– funded Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1795 project which focused on the circulation of people, goods and ideas in the (Dutch) Atlantic world. Roitman also lectures on Early Modern History at the University of Leiden.
‘Land of Hope and Dreams: Slavery and Abolition in the Dutch Leeward Islands, 1825-1863‘ Slavery & Abolition, June 2016.
(with Karwan Fatah-Black) “Being speculative is better than to not do it at all”: an interview with Natalie Zemon Davis‘ Itinerario 39 no. 1 (20015): 3-15
(with Han Jordaan)’Fighting a Foregone Conclusion: Local Interest Groups, West Indian merchants, and St. Eustatius, 1780-1810,’ Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis 12 no. 1 (2015): 79-100
‘Economie, imperium en eschatologie: de mondiale context van de joodse immigratie in de Amerika’s tussen 1650 en 1670’ in: Julie -Marthe Cohen (ed.), Joden in de Cariben. pp. 40-53/ Zutphen: Walburg, 2015.
(with Gert Oostindie) Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1800: Linking Empires, Bridging Borders. Leiden: Brill, vii+422.
(with Aviva Ben-Ur) ‘Adultery Here and There: Crossing Sexual Boundaries in the Dutch Jewish Atlantic’ in: Gert Oostindie and Jessica Vance Roitman (eds.), Dutch Atlantic Connections, 1680-1800: Linking Empires, Bridging Borders, pp. 185-223. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
‘Portuguese Jews, Amerindians, and the frontiers of encounter in colonial Suriname’, New West Indian Guide 88-1&2: 18-52.
‘“A Flock of Wolves Instead of Sheep”: The Dutch West India Company and conflict resolution in the Jewish Community of Curacao in the 18th Century’, in: Jane Gerber (ed.), The Jews in the Caribbean, pp. 85-105. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013).
‘Creating Confusion in the Colonies: Jews, Citizenship, and the Dutch and British Atlantics’, Itinerario 36-2: 55-90.
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16 May 2015 Daily Herald: The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same: Police on the Windward Islands
16 May 2015 Amigoe: Sociaal cultureel historische studie van bovenwinden van start
13 May 2015 The Daily Herald: Social, cultural history study of the Windward Islands starts
12 April 2015 Radio Interview with the Joodse Omroep on Jewish colonization in the Americas.
8 April 2015 Antilliaans Dagblad: Onderzoek van KITLV naar eilanden
4 April 2015 Caribisch Network: ‘Major research on the Dutch Caribbean Islands’
11 April 2016 Once lost, now found
25 February 2016 The Mystery of the Missing Mammary
16 March 2015 ‘What’s Wrong With Being Right?’