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Clemson University
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enslaved women, slavery, childbirth, midwifery, medicine, health, 18th century, public history, digital history, digital humanities
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About Me

Sara Collini is a historian of early America studying slavery, women’s history, health and medicine, and digital history. She earned her PhD from George Mason University in 2020 and has previously worked at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She has also collaborated on projects at the National Women’s History Museum and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She is currently Postdoctoral Fellow in University History at Clemson University.

Her research project, “Birthing A Nation: Enslaved Women and Midwifery in Early America, 1750-1820,” explores the lives and work of enslaved midwives during the eras of the American Revolution and Early Republic in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Recent Publications

“The Labors of Enslaved Midwives in Revolutionary Virginia.” In Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World, edited by Barbara B. Oberg, 19-38. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Medicine, Race, Slavery, Women