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First Name
Elizabeth Kelly
Last Name
Towson University
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19th-century America; history of American drug use, dependency, and addiction
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Personal Info

About Me

My book Habit Forming: Drug Addiction in America, 1776-1914 will be published by Oxford University Press in December 2022.

I study American history in an international context in the early national and antebellum eras, focusing on social and cultural history.

Recent Publications

Habit Forming: Drug Addiction in America, 1776-1914 (Oxford University Press, 2022)

“Was Edgar Allan Poe a Habitual Opium User?” Commonplace: the journal of early American life (February 2022)

“The World by Gaslight: Urban-gothic Literature and Moral Reform in New York City, 1845–1860,” American Nineteenth-Century History, 10, no. 2 (June 2009)

“‘Whisper to him the Word ‘India’: Trans-Atlantic Critics and American Slavery, 1830–1860,” The Journal of the Early Republic 28 (Fall 2008)

“The Trade-Off: Chinese Opium Traders and Antebellum Reform in the United States, 1815–1860,” in Drugs and Empires: Essays in Modern Imperialism and Intoxication, c. 1500–c. 1930, James H. Mills and Patricia Barton, eds. (Palgrave, 2007)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Diplomacy