Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Research interests

Voice and gender; Quaker women; war veterans since 1500 

Teaching areas

Research methods, Tudor and Stuart England, Renaissance and Reformation, history of the family

Selected publications

Doing History: Research and Writing in a Digital Age with J. Chris Arndt and Raymond M. Hyser. Thomson/Wadsworth Publishers, 2007, 2012.

Liberal Learning and the History Major. Pamphlet series. Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 2007.

“’The Best of Times’: Teaching Undergraduate Research Methods Using The Great American History Machine and The Valley of the Shadow,” History Computer Review 15:1(Spring 1999), 13-28.

"Infancy and Childhood: The Female Experience in the Restoration Northwest" in The Portrayal of Life Stages in English Literature, 1500-1800: Essays in Honor of Warren Wooden. ed. Jeanie Watson and Philip McM. Pittman. Edwin Mellen Press, 1989.

"Out of the Mainstream: Catholic and Quaker Women in the Restoration Northwest," The World of William Penn. ed. Richard S. and Mary Dunn. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986, 117-137.

Compiled with introductory preface, Appalachian Oral History Collection of Marshall University, Part I. Glen Rock, NJ: Microfilming Corporation of America, 1979, 125 interviews, 2 reels.

"Iron-Mining in Restoration Furness: The Case of Sir Thomas Preston," Recusant History, 13 (April 1976), 212-218.

"Negotiations for a Nun's Dowry: Restoration Letters of Mary Caryll, O.S.B. and Ann Clifton, O.S.B.," American Benedictine Review, 24 (September 1973), 278-298.

Contributed essays to: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Reader’s Guide to British History, Biographical Dictionary of British Radicals in the Seventeenth Century, Biographical Dictionary of Modern British Radicals.


History Department Unit Head 1984-2013

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Board of Directors, 2002-2008 (Secretary/Treasurer, 2006-2008)
OAH, editor, Council of Chairs Newsletter 1987-1997
Co-Chair, AHA Program Committee, 1996-1997
Advisory Board, The Department Chair: A Newsletter for Academic Administrators, 1990-
Co-Chair, AHA online newsletter for Chairs, 2000- 2006
AHA, Roy Rosenzweig Prize Committee (Technology in History), 2009- Faculty Advisor, JMU Chapter Phi Alpha Theta, 2011-
AHA, Tuning Project, 2012-2014

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