Participant Info

First Name
Cassandra
Last Name
Berman
Affiliation
Brandeis University
Website URL
http://www.cassandranberman.com
Keywords
American history, print culture, women and gender, motherhood, transgressive women
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

Photo
About Me

I am a PhD candidate in history at Brandeis University, where I study the history of gender, sexuality, and print culture in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America.

My dissertation, “Motherhood Writ Large: Transgressive Maternity and American Popular Print, 1768-1868,” examines the stories of women who violated the legal and social norms of motherhood and the robust popular debate that their actions generated.  My work has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, theHistorical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and theNew England Regional Fellowship Consortium.  For the 2017-2018 academic year, I was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Department of History.

I also hold an MLS with an archival concentration from the University of Maryland’s History and Library Science program, and I have worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Newberry Library for the Humanities, and University of Maryland’s Special Collections in Performing Arts.

Recent Publications

“How India Inspired American Feminists,” Hindustan Times, March 23, 2018

“Fellow Spotlight: Missionaries and Motherhood,” Library Company of Philadelphia E-News, March 2017

Media Coverage
Country Focus
colonial America, early United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Family, Gender, Libraries & Archives, Sexuality, Women