Participant Info

First Name
Monica
Last Name
Mercado
Affiliation
Colgate University
Website URL
http://www.monicalmercado.com
Keywords
women's history, gender, sexuality, public history, digital history, museums, American religion, Catholicism, girlhood, local history, campus history
Additional Contact Information
Mercado will spend the 2019-2020 academic year in residence at Harvard Divinity School as Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and North American Religions in the Women's Studies in Religion Program.

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Monica L. Mercado is an assistant professor of History at Colgate University, affiliated with Women’s Studies and Museum Studies. Her research takes on questions of women, girlhood, and religion in nineteenth and twentieth century North America (with a particular focus on American Catholicism), and the role of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in developing campus histories and public history sites and curricula. She is currently writing a book titled The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, 1836-1911, which argues for the centrality of young women’s narratives in nineteenth-century U.S. Catholic history. Additional projects in progress include an assessment of campus history projects as care work, and a history of women’s presence at the Catholic Summer School of America.

At Colgate, Mercado teach courses on U.S. women’s and gender history, the history of sexuality, and local and public history. She serves on the New York State History Advisory group, convened by the office of the New York State Historian, and on the Advisory Board of New York History, the Cornell University Press journal.

As the centennial of the 19th Amendment approaches, she is engaged in speaking and writing projects that assess women’s history in museums, archives, and public monument projects.

Mercado earned a B.A. from Barnard College and an A.M. and Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Chicago. From 2014-2016 she directed the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College.

Recent Publications

The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, book manuscript in preparation.

“Summer School Girls: Religion and the Landscape of Leisure at the Catholic Summer School of America, 1892-1921,” article manuscript in progress.

“Putting Women on a Pedestal: Monument Debates in the Era of the Suffrage Centennial,” for Suffrage at 100: Women and American Politics Since 1920, eds. Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow (anticipated August 2020).

“Summer Camp: American Religion and Recreation in the Great Outdoors,” The Anxious Bench (July 25, 2019).

“Taking Stock of Gender History at AHA19,” AHA Perspectives Daily (January 3, 2019).

“The Politics of Women’s History: Collecting for the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State,” Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals 14.3 (Summer 2018): 331-350.

“Religion, Race, and Sexuality,” in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History, eds. Kathryn Gin Lum and Paul Harvey (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 96-109.

Mapping the Women of Evangelical Gotham,” review of Kyle B. Roberts, Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (University of Chicago Press, 2016) for Religion in American History (March 29, 2017).

History of Women’s Education Open Access Project,” National Endowment for the Humanities white paper, co-authored with Eric Pumroy, Rachel Appel, and Evan McGonagill (August 2015).

‘Have You Ever Read?’: Imagining Women, Bibles, and Religious Print in Nineteenth-Century America,” U.S. Catholic Historian 31.3 (Summer 2013): 1-21.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
USA
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Children & Youth, Gender, Higher Ed, Museums, Public History, Religion, Sexuality, Women