Office: Atrium 213
Office Hours: M 10:30-1:30; W 10:30-11:30; R 2-3 By Appointment
Position: Associate Professor and Assistant Chair
Area Specialization: U.S. Early National, Women's and Gender History
Lucia McMahon received her Ph.D. in History at Rutgers University. Her book, Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012) explores the social and intellectual lives of educated women in the early Republic. She also published, with Deborah Schriver, To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810–1811 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). She regularly teaches courses in early national U.S. history, women's history, and historical methods.
PhD, History--Rutgers University, 2004
MA, History--Rutgers University, 2004
BA, History--Douglass College, 1994
Mere Equals: The Paradox of Women’s Education in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012).
“‘So Truly Afflicting and Distressing to Me, His Sorrowing Mother’: Expressions of Maternal Grief in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia,” Journal of the Early Republic 32:1 (Spring 2012): 27-60.
“‘‘Of the Utmost Importance to Our Country’: Women, Education, and Society, 1780-1820,” Journal of the Early Republic 29:3 (Fall 2009): 475-506.
“‘A More Accurate and Extensive Education than is Customary’: Educational Opportunities for Women in Early Nineteenth-Century New Jersey,” New Jersey History 124:1 (Fall 2009): 1-28.
Entries: “Affection” and “The Education of Women and Girls,” in The Encyclopedia of
the New American Nation(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2005).
To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811, co-editor with Deborah Schriver (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000).
“‘While Our Souls Together Blend’: Narrating a Romantic Readership in the Early Republic,” in Peter N. Stearns and Jan Lewis, eds., An Emotional History of the United States (New York: New York University Press, 1998): 66-90.
Fellowships & Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Residence Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Fall 2007
Summer Stipend, Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, William Paterson University, 2005--2008
Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2004 (deferred)
Gilder Lehrman Dissertation Fellowship, at the New York Historical Society, 2001
Excellence Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1997-1998; 1998-1999; 2001-2002
Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education, 2000-2001
Andrew W. Mellon Resident Research Fellow, American Philosophical Society, 1999
Friends of the Princeton University Library Visiting Fellowship, 1999
Schlesinger Library Dissertation Grant, 1999
Virginia Historical Society's Mellon Research Fellowship, 1999
Women's Studies Research Grant, Duke University Special Collections Library, 1999
New Jersey Historical Commission Research Grant, 1996
Louis Bevier Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1994-1995