Department of History

Lucia McMahon

Office:   Atrium 213
Phone:   973-720-3044
Office Hours:   M 10:30-1:30; W 10:30-11:30; R 2-3 By Appointment

Department: History
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