Participant Info

First Name
Laurel
Last Name
Daen
Affiliation
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture/College of William & Mary
Website URL
https://oieahc.wm.edu/fellowships/fellows-since-1945/postdoctoral/laurel-daen/
Keywords
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. I am currently writing a book that documents the legal, political, and social exclusion of disabled people in North America from the first moments of colonization through the mid-nineteenth century.

Recent Publications

“‘To Board & Nurse a Stranger’: Poverty, Disability, and Community in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts.” Journal of Social History 53, 3. Forthcoming Spring 2020. Published via Advanced Access February 2019.

“Beyond Impairment: Recent Histories of Early American Disability.” History Compass 17, 4 (April 2019): e12528.

“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