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University of California, Davis
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women, gender, economy, early America, Atlantic World, American Revolution, marketplaces, auctions, Nineteenth Amendment
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About Me

I am Professor of History at the University of California at Davis, where I teach courses on women, American social and cultural history, and the histories of colonialism and capitalism.  A specialist in gender and economy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, I have a new book forthcoming in November 2024: America Under the Hammer: Auctions and the Emergence of Market Values (U Penn).  I am also the author of The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (U Penn, 2009), co-author of Global Americans (Cengage 2017), a college textbook on American history in global context, and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (Oxford University Press, 2018).  I have also co-led two recent public-facing projects that engage with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US Constitution: one on women in the National Parks, and another on Women’s Suffrage in the context of empire.

Recent Publications

Hartigan-O’Connor, E., Katherine Marino, Lisa G. Materson, Rebecca Jo Plant, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, “#Empire Suffrage Syllabus,” Women and Social Movements, 2021

Hartigan-O’Connor, E., and Lisa G. Materson, “The Nineteenth Amendment and the National Parks,” Cooperative Research and Training Grant with the National Parks Service, 2020-21

The Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History, ed. with Lisa Materson (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Global Americans: A History of the United States, with Maria Montoya et al. (Cengage, 2017, 2nd edition 2024).

“Gender’s Value in the History of Capitalism,” Journal of the Early Republic 36:4 (Winter 2016): 613-53.

“The Personal is Political Economy,” Journal of the Early Republic 36:2 (Summer 2016): 335-41.

Teaching Gender’s Value

The Ties that Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Gender, Pedagogy, Women