Winter 2015 (current)
Spring 2015 (tentative)
- History 161NE
The Cultural History of New England: 1450-1850
- History 192DR
Directed Readings in Public History: Isla Vista Community History and Historical Commemoration
- History 292A
Foundations of U.S. History to 1846
Winter 2015 Office Hours Wednesdays 9:30-11:30, or by appt.
For those interested in graduate study: Please feel free to contact me in advance of making your application to UCSB.
Edited volume on dreams recently published--click on link for Dreams, Dreamers and Visions in "selected publications" section
Current Graduate Students
Colonial U.S., Native American History
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1995
Office: HSSB 4215 Hours:
I specialize in Colonial North American history, with emphasis on gender, colonization and the lives of Native Americans in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England. Throughout my career I have been devoted to creating learning communities, whether in my initial work in museums, or in my work at the university level with undergraduate and graduate education. My museums background gave me an abiding interest in material culture studies, memory studies and the work of public historians more generally, and I encourage students to do internships in a variety of public history settings. I try to read broadly, across disciplines. For my current research on dreams and visions in the seventeenth century, I'm reading a lot of anthropology and psychology, as well as early modern European history.
- Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England: Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century
I look at the convergence of two distinctive 'dream cultures,' that of the Algonquian-speaking natives of the region and that of the seventeenth-century nonconformist English colonists and how these reveal the gendered dynamics of colonization.
- History, Culture, and Community Memory in Native New England: Frank Speck and "Salvage Ethnography" in the Twentieth-Century Northeast
I am in the earliest stages of research on a biographical portrait of Frank Speck (1881-1950), University of Pennsylvania Anthropologist and Collector
- Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions: The Early Modern Atlantic World
Co-edited with Leslie Tuttle. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
- Indian and English Dreams: Colonial Hierarchy and Manly Restraint in Seventeenth-Century New England
--pp. 31-47 in New Men: Manliness in Early America, ed. Thomas A. Foster. New York: New York University Press, 2011
- “Falling `Into a Dreame': Native Americans, Colonization, and Consciousness in Early New England"
--pp. 84-105 in Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience. Ed. Colin G. Calloway and Neal Salisbury. Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2003.
- Colonial Intimacies: Indian Marriage in Early New England. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.
-excerpts from chapter four appear in Women's America, sixth edition, Linda K. Kerber and Jane Sherron Dehart, eds. New York: 2004.
- “Customary Laws of Marriage: Legal Pluralism, Colonialism, and Narragansett Indian Identity in Eighteenth-Century Rhode Island"
--pp. 181-213 in The Many Legalities of Early America, ed. Bruce Mann, Christopher Tomlins and Fredrika Teute. Chapel Hill: for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2001.
- “Legitimacies, Indian Identities, and the Law: The Politics of Sex and the Creation of History in Colonial New England"
Law and Social Inquiry, 23:1 (1998): 55-77; --reprinted in Empire and Others: British Encounters with Indigenous Peoples 1600-1850, ed. Martin Daunton and Rick Halpern, The Neale Colloquium in British History. London: University College London Press, 1999
- "Putting a Face on Colonization: Factionalism and Gender Politics in the Life History of Awashunkes, the 'Squaw Sachem' of Saconet
--in Northeastern Indian Lives, ed. Robert Grumet. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1996.
- "The Massachusetts Indian Enfranchisement Act: Ethnic Contest in Historical Context, 1849-1869
co-authored with Gregory Button, Ethnohistory, 40:4 (1993): 587-618.--This essay is reprinted in Colin G. Calloway, ed., After King Philip's War: Presence and Persistence in Indian New England. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997.
- "'The Examination of Sarah Ahhaton': The Politics of 'Adultery' in an Indian Town of Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts."
--pp. 14-25 in in Algonkians of New England, Past and Present: Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, ed. Peter C. Benes. Boston: Boston University Press, 1993;--excerpted in the 2nd edition of Major Problems in American Women's Histo
- "Childbirth Practices among Native American Women of New England"
pp. 13-24 in Medicine and Healing: Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, ed. Peter Benes. Boston: Boston University Press, 1992. Reprinted in Women and Health in America, 2nd edition, ed. Judith Walzer Leavitt. Madison: University
Honors and Professional Activities
- Erikson Scholar in Residence, Fall 2010, Erikson Institute, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA
- Beveridge/Dunning Prize Committee, American Historical Association 2007-2009
- Mellon Research Fellowship, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
I was a fellow at the Huntington Library in fall 2007.
- NEH Research Fellowship, The John Carter Brown Library, Providence, Rhode Island
I was a fellow at the JCB library at Brown University from January-July 1996.
Related Research Activities
- Research Psychoanalysis
As part of my research on dreams, I have trained in the theory and practice of clinical psychoanalysis. I am a candidate member, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, and a registered Research Psychoanalyst (Student) with the state of CA
Museum/Public History Involvement--Links
- Presidio of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation), CA
I have served on a variety of committees at this site in downtown Santa Barbara over the years. Many students have found internships here.
- Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Massachusetts
I spent three years on staff at this museum, mostly as a role-playing interpreter. It is a wonderful resource for seventeenth-century history and culture in New England!
- The Public Historian
I served as journal editor, co-editor, and also reviews editor over many years since arriving at UCSB in 1994. The flagship journal for public history as a field, and the best site for scholarship in this growing field. UCSB students have interned.
- The National Council on Public History (NCPH)
This is the main scholarly body for public historians. The website is very helpful for those looking for graduate programs.
- The Barre Historical Museum (Barre, VT)
My first professional position was as assistant curator in this great museum, with collections about ethnic and labor history in Vermont's premier granite cutting town.
- Colonial Williamsburg Archaeology Department, Williamsburg, VA
I learned a lot from a summer internship spent at Williamsburg in the archaeology department.