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George Mason University
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early America, American Revolution, Old South, women, gender, disasters
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About Me

A New Jersey native, Cindy Kierner received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She is a specialist in the fields of early America, women and gender, and early southern history, and has more recently begun writing and speaking on disasters in history. Her current book project is “Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from Jamestown to Johnstown.”

Kierner is the author or editor many books and many articles, as well as an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH). She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Southern History, the Virginia Magazine of history and Biography, the North Carolina Historical Review, and the University of Virginia Press. Her research has received support from the American Historical Association, American Antiquarian Society, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Virginia Historical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the International Center for Jefferson Studies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Recent Publications

Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, 2 vols. (co-editor; 2015-16).

Changing History: Virginia Women through Four Centuries (coauthor; 2013).

Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times (2012).

The Contrast: Manners, Morals, and Authority in the Early American Republic (2007).

Scandal at Bizarre: Rumor and Reputation in Jefferson’s America (2004).

Revolutionary America, 1750-1815: Sources and Interpretation (2002).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
3, 4, 5
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Family, Gender, Women