Lucia McMahon

Dr. Lucia McMahon

Associate Professor

Email: mcmahonlu@wpunj.edu

Office: Atrium 213
Phone: 973-720-3044

Area Specialization: U.S. Early National, Women's and Gender History

Biography:

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 American republic. She also published, with Deborah Schriver, To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810–1811 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000; 2015 re-release in print and ebook).   She currently serves as Co-Editor of Reviews for the Journal of the Early Republic, and as a member of the Editorial Board for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.  She regularly teaches courses in early national U.S. history, women's history, and historical methods.

Selected Publications:

Mere Equals: The Paradox of Women’s Education in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012).

To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811, co-editor with Deborah Schriver (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000; 2015 re-release in print and ebook).

“‘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. 

Courses Taught:

Historical Methods
American Women’s History
Modern Women and Gender
Creation of the Early American Republic