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Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture / College of William & Mary
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disability, gender, medicine, social welfare, poverty, law, government, state-building, early America, 18th century, 19th century
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About Me

I’m a historian of early America and currently an NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. My research focuses on disability, gender, medicine, social welfare, law, and government in America during the 18th and 19th centuries.

My current book project, tentatively titled “The Constitution of Disability in the Early United States,” examines the intersections of disability and American nation-building. In the Early Republic, disability became an increasingly meaningful governmental and institutional category of social welfare and exclusion. The project traces this nonlinear and often contested development, reflecting on the implications for American bureaucratic and economic growth, medical professionalization, and the rights and opportunities of disabled people.

Recent Publications

To Board & Nurse a Stranger: Poverty, Disability, and Community in EighteenthCentury Massachusetts.” Journal of Social History 53, 3Forthcoming online early 2019. Forthcoming in print Spring 2020.

“Martha Ann Honeywell: Art, Performance, and Disability in the Early Republic.” Journal of the Early Republic 37, 2 (Summer 2017): 225-50.

“Revolutionary War Invalid Pensions and the Bureaucratic Language of Disability in the Early Republic.” Special Issue on Early American Disability Studies. Early American Literature 52, 1 (Spring 2017): 141-67.

“‘A Hand for the One-Handed’: Disabled User-Inventors and the Market for Assistive Technologies in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain.” In Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939, edited by Claire L. Jones. Disability History Series. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017, pp. 93-113.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Art & Architectural History, Disability, Gender, Government, Law, Material Culture, Medicine, Military, Museums, Women