Associate Professor of History; U.S. History
Ph.D., University of Houston (2000)
The 1970s brought the American Bicentennial, the miniseries Roots, and the TV series Little House on the Prairie. My grandparents also took me to colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and more than one Civil War battlefield. This odd mix of patriotism, race, women’s history, and living history profoundly affected me as a little white girl growing up in the South. I discovered that there were many different pasts and their stories conflict with and complement one another, fascinating me and dooming me from an early age to become a historian. The media of history in which I have worked has varied from documents editor, to archivist, to living history museum interpreter all in the process of finding my purpose in the academic world of teaching, research, and writing. I have a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of Houston and a Master of Library Science degree from Simmons College in Boston. If you want to find my work in print, look for Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa S. McCord (University of Missouri Press, 2003), who was not only a planter but a proslavery and anti-woman’s rights essayist. If you prefer something lighter, shorter and with more pictures, try Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town (The History Press, 2006). I was also an editor of the first volume of Frederick Douglass’s Correspondence (Yale University Press, 2009). Ask me about him and you will probably learn more than you thought possible about Douglass and women, the subject of my recent book, Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (Oxford University Press, 2017).
- World Civilizations I
- World Civilizations II
- U.S. History I
- U.S. History II
- U.S. Women's History
- From Civil War to Civil Rights: African American History since 1865
- Historical Research and Writing
- Historical Methods
- Internship Coordinator
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
Recent and Forthcoming Presentations
- Keynote speaker at "Frederick Douglass Across and Against Times, Places, Disciplines," Paris, France, 11-13 Oct 2018.
- Women in the World of Frederick Douglass book talk, Brooklyn Historical Society, New York, 11 Dec 2017.
- "Frederick Douglass on the Grand Tour: A Black Man, His White Wife, and Western Civilization in Europe," British American Nineteenth-Century History Conference, Warwick, England, 6-8 October 2017.
- Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, Onondaga Historical Association Book Club Discussion, Syracuse, NY, 24 September 2017.
- Women in the World of Frederick Douglass book talk, 2017 Convention Days, Women's Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls, 14 July 2017.
- Discussion of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, Yale University, 21 June 2017.
- Women in the World of Frederick Douglass book talk, Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY, 8 June 2017.
- “Helen Pitts Douglass’s Civil War,” Women's History Month, Utica College, March 2017.
- "What's in a Birthday?" Frederick Douglass Annual Birthday Celebration Keynote Address, Frederick Douglass National Historic Park, Washington, D.C., 18 Feb 2017.
- "Teaching Frederick Douglass," Syracuse University Project Advance, Syracuse and New York City, NY 12 and 22 Nov 2016.
- "The Douglass Family in the Civil War," Onondaga Civil War Roundtable, Dec 2016.
Interviews and Other Media
- Online interview: "The "Woman's Rights" Man: A New Book on Women in Frederick Douglass's World," Black Perspectives, by Ibram X. Kendi, 1 May 2017.
- Panel discussion, Biography: Women Behind the Power, LA Times Festival of Books, Broadcast on C-Span, April 2017.
- Online Interview, "Interview with Leigh Fought on Anna and Frederick Douglass," with Amy Cools, Ordinary Philosophy, 16 May 2016.
- Online Interview: "History of the 4th of July," 3 Parts, with Kelly Gibas, Time-Warner News, 2 July 2014.
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