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Clemson University
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enslaved women, slavery, childbirth, midwifery, medicine, health, early America, 18th century, 19th century, Revolutionary Era, Early Republic, 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, digital history, and public history. She earned her PhD from George Mason University in 2020. Collini previously worked at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University and collaborated on digital public history projects at the National Women’s History Museum and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, including the Database of Mount Vernon’s Enslaved Community.

Collini is Postdoctoral Fellow in University History at Clemson University where she is part of the Research and Community Engagement Team for the Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project.

Her current manuscript 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, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Medicine, Public History, Race, Slavery, Women