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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 an early American history PhD candidate 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: Anglo-Saxon England; The Era of the American Revolution; Modern China; Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters
“Catharine 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)

“‘kp_ingitsimple’: Powerlifting, Feminism, and Social Media in the Millennial Gig Economy,” Strong A(s) F(eminist): Power in Strength Sports, Noelle Briden, Melissa M. Forbis, and Katie Rose Heitmanek, eds. (in progress)

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)

Other Publications 
“Martha Washington & Widowhood at Mount Vernon,” Mount Vernon Magazine, Spring 2020 issue

“From Feme Sole to Feme Covert: The Case of Anna Coles Payne Causten,” The Dolley Madison Digital Edition, ed. Holly C. Shulman, University of Virginia Press (forthcoming)

“Pious Widow, Loving Mother, Slave Owner, Salt Mine Manager, and Patrick Henry’s Beloved Sister: A Brief History of Annie Henry Christian,” News from Red Hill, The Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation (2019)

“Selected collections relating to Canada,” manuscript guide for Colonial North American Project, Harvard Library,  (2018)

Feme sole” entry, “Daily Life through History” series, The World o Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ed. Alexandra Kindell, ABC-CLIO, LLC. (2018)

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, Capitalism, Colonialism, Gender, Slavery, Women