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Lirley McCune
Columbia College
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death history, 19th century, U.S., women and gender
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of History at Columbia College in Missouri where I specialize in U.S Women’s and Gender History.  I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Missouri and am interested in the history of death, women and gender, and 19th century U.S. History.

My manuscript uses coroner’s inquests conducted in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1875 and 1885.  I use this source to understand the lives of women and the working class and poor as well as violence and addiction. By understanding how and why people died, as well as how coroners, friends and relatives, and the press interpreted those deaths, we can better understand how people lived, as well as how they approached public health problems that we continue to work to solve today. I am eager to work with colleagues in other disciplines to better understand phenomena like suicide, alcoholism, homicide, and domestic violence and perhaps even inform policy decisions.

Recent Publications

“The Untimely Death of Annie Roberts and the Politics of Abortion in Late-Nineteenth-Century St. Louis,” The Missouri Historical Review 111 no. 3 (April 2017): 189-203.

“Death of a Prostitute: Suicide and Respectability in St. Louis, 1875 to 1900,” The Missouri Historical Review 109, no. 2 (January 2015): 108-127.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Women