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University of Virginia
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Early America, early American Republic, American Founding Era, women, gender, business, capitalism, slavery, slave owners, penitentiaries, industrialism, the South, American South, Virginia
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About Me

I am a fifth-year early American history PhD student at the University of Virginia. My advisor is Dr. Alan Taylor. My dissertation analyzes how feme sole businesswomen managed their slave-manned and free-wage enterprises in early national Virginia. I am working on an article that considers the Virginia State Penitentiary (1800-1815) as an early industrial enterprise. I grew up in Iowa City, and received my B.A. in History, English, and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College. Before graduate school, I worked for Oxford University Press and Macmillan Learning in New York City, and even dug up a Spanish silver coin at Jamestown.

I have given papers at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the New-York Historical Society, the Business History Conference Doctoral Colloquium, SHEAR’s race and slavery workshop, and UVA’s Early American Seminar.

I worked as a Teaching Assistant for the following courses: The Era of the American Revolution; Modern China; Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Recent Publications

Edited Collection
“Catherine Flood McCall: Financial Matriarch of Nineteenth-Century Virginia,” Through Mama’s Eyes: Unique Perspectives on Southern Matriarchy, Cheylon Woods and Kiwana McClung, eds. (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, forthcoming)

Book Reviews
Review of Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America by Catherine E. Kelly, Journal of History and Cultures, Issue 8 (Feb. 2018)

Feme sole” entry, The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, LLC. (Sept. 2018)

“Republican Motherhood” entry, George Washington Digital Encyclopedia, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (forthcoming)

“Belle Harris Bennett” entry, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, ProQuest Publishing (forthcoming)

Media Coverage
Interviewed by Nuala McGovern on BBC World Service’s “Outside Source” radio show to offer historical take on Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally and protest of Aug. 12, 2017
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Capitalism, Colonialism, Gender, Slavery, Women