Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Connecticut College
Website URL
Colonial North America, Women's History, Gender History, Family History, Caribbean History, the History of Early New England
Additional Contact Information
On leave academic year 2018-2019.

Personal Info

About Me

I am the Charles J. McCurdy Professor of American History at Connecticut College.

My present research is on North America and the Caribbean. I have begun a project comparing the experiences of seventeenth-century women in Barbados, Bermuda, Virginia and New England. I have previously published on topics such as widowhood, manhood, and stepfamilies in Early America.

Recent Publications

My books are as follows:

A History of Stepfamilies in Early America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Ye Heart of a Man: The Domestic Life of Men in Colonial New England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999).

Life After Death: Widows in Pennsylvania, 1750-1850 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992).

Media Coverage
Podcast interview, 2015, Ben Franklin's World: A Podcast about Early American History ( Blog posts for the University of North Carolina Press: --Lisa Wilson: Stepfamilies Are “Traditional” American Families (Octo
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Women