Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Knox College
Website URL
women, gender, Native America, Indigenous, contact, Early Republic, family, sexuality, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, divorce
Additional Contact Information
twitter: cjdenial office phone: (309) 341-7382 work address: K-74, 2 E South Street, Galesburg, IL 61401

Personal Info

About Me

Cate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. The 2018 winner of the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Historical Association, Cate is a former member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the Digital Public Library of America, and a 2018-2021 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Cate sits on the Editorial Board of the Western Historical Quarterly.  Cate’s current research examines the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures, research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). In summer 2018, Cate was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA.

As Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College, Cate oversees a program which supports fourteen faculty from liberal arts schools across the United States in their teaching and research for three years, while providing them with $9000 in research funds and convening an annual summer seminar.

Recent Publications

“Ethics and the Practice of History,” in Ron Iphofen, ed. Handbook of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2020.

“‘Mother of all the living’: Motherhood, Religion, and Political Culture at the Ojibwe Village of Fond du Lac, 1835-1839,” Early American Studies. 17:4 (Fall 2019): 443-473.

New York,” Disability Acts, October 22, 2019.

A Pedagogy of Kindness,” Hybrid Pedagogy, August 15, 2019.

How I Met My Mother: The Tale of an Unexpected Pregnancy,” Nursing Clio, Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

How to Actually Build Relationships With Your Professors,” Teen Vogue, October 11.

The Privilege of Despair,” Nursing Clio, Monday, October 8, 2018.

Reservations, Resistance, and the Indian Reorganization Act: American Indian Life, 1900-1940,” Digital Public Library of America, published February 28, 2018.

Powhatan People and the English at Jamestown,” Digital Public Library of America, published September 28, 2017.

The Subjective Self: Teaching Student Historians to ask ‘Who Am I?’,Syllabus. 5:2 (2016).

Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country.  St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013.

“Atoms, Honeycombs, and Fabric Scraps: Rethinking Timelines in the Undergraduate Classroom,” The History Teacher, 46:3 (May 2013): 415-434.

Media Coverage
“The Most Pressing Question of Women’s History Month: What is Feminism in 2018?” Yahoo Lifestyle, March 8.
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Family, Gender, Race, Sexuality, Women