Abbreviated CV


A.B., Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude in History A.M., Brown University, (History)

Ph.D., Brown University, (History)

Thesis: “Governors and Governed: Class and Gender Relations in English Villages, 1590-1725”

Additional Training:

Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Summer Institute, 2012 UC Merced, Advancement Resources Workshop, 2013 and 2015

Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

Yale Center for British Art, Visiting Fellow, 2004

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Huntington Library, 2002-2003 Union Institute and University, Sabbatical Leave, 2001-2002 Union Institute and University, Research Grant, 1997

Fellow, Royal Historical Society, 1990

Fellow, Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University, 1988-89 Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1988-89

Connecticut College Junior Faculty Leave, 1988-89 American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant, 1987 Wellesley College Alice Freeman Palmer Fellowship, 1981-2

Woodrow Wilson Foundation Dissertation Research Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 1979 Beneficial Foundation Travel Grant, Brown University, 1979-80

University Fellowship, Brown University, 1976-77

Teaching and Related Experience

2008-       : Professor of History, University of California, Merced

2009-2015: Founding Director, Center for the Humanities (previously Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts)

2009-13, Chair, Humanities and World Cultures (Academic Unit under bylaw 55) 1990- 2008 Core Professor, Graduate College, The Union Institute and University

1990- 2008 Core Professor, Graduate College, The Union Institute and University

March 2001: Union Pacific Visiting Professor, Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Spring 1997: Visiting Lecturer in History, Yale University

1994-1995: Visiting Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program in Women’s Studies, Yale University

Spring 1994: Visiting Lecturer, Program in Women’s Studies and Department of History, Yale University

Spring 1991: Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University

Spring 1991: Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, Wesleyan University 1984-1990: Assistant Professor of History, Connecticut College

1982-1983: Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Cornell University

Summer 1982: Telluride Association Summer Program, Cornell University. (This is an intensive program for students between their junior and senior years in high school.)

1980-81 and 1978-79: Teaching Assistant, Brown University, Department of History

Winter 1980: Part-time Lecturer, School of English and  American Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

1977-78: Brown University, Department of History, Computer Proctor



An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England. Oxford and New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988; paperback edition, New York: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Caribbean Exchanges: Slavery and the Transformation of English Society, 1640-1700. Chapel Hill and New York, 2007.

(with David Underdown), Gender, Culture and Politics in  England, 1560-1640: Turning the WorldUpside Down. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Edited Collections:

Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Early Modern England (with Mark A. Kishlansky).

Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995.

Attending to Early Modern Women (with Adele Seeff). Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 1998.


Letter, New York Review of Books, 20 December 1984

“Gender, Family and the Social Order, 1560-1725.”          Order and Disorder in Early Modern England, edited by Anthony Fletcher and John Stevenson. Cambridge and New York: 1985.

“Féminin/Masculin: le genre dans l’Angleterre de l’époque moderne.” Annales: Economies, Sociétes, Civilisations 40:2 (1985), pp. 269-87.

“A Norfolk Village: Cawston, 1595-1605.” History Today 36 (1986), pp. 15-20.

“Crime, loi et justice rurale en Angleterre à l’époque moderne.”  Etudes Rurales 103-104, special issue “Le droit et les paysans” (1986), pp. 47-69.

“Jindai zaoqi Yingguo nongye jingji he nongye shehui” (“Rural economies and rural society in early modern England”). Yingguo zhengzhi, jingji, he shehui xiandaihua (The Modernization of English Government, Economy and Society), ed Wang Juefei. Nanjing: Nanjing University Press (1989), pp. 214-34.

“Elizabeth I and Alice Balstone: Gender, Class and the Exceptional Woman in Early Modern England.” Attending to Women in Early Modern England, ed. Betty Travitsky and Adele Seeff. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1994, pp. 219-40.

“‘Being Stirred to Much Unquietness’: Violence and Domestic Violence in Early Modern England.” Journal of Women’s History 6:2 (1994), pp. 70-89.

“Punishment, Discipline, and Power: The Social Meanings of Violence in Early Modern England.” Journal of British Studies, 34:1 (1995), pp. 1-34.

“Popular Culture and the Gendering of Society in Early Modern England.” Popular Culture in England, 1500-1850, ed. Tim Harris. London: Macmillan, 1995, pp. 48-68.

(with Mark A. Kishlansky), “Introduction”, in Political Culture And Cultural Politics In Early Modern England, edited by Susan D. Amussen and Mark A. Kishlansky. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1995, pp. 1-15.

“‘The Part of a Christian Man’: the cultural politics of manhood in early modern England.” Political Culture and Cultural Politics in Early Modern England, edited by Susan D. Amussen and Mark A. Kishlansky. Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press,  1995, pp. 213-33.

“Studying Early Modern Women.” Shakespeare Studies, Vol. XXV, ed. Leeds Barroll (1997) pp. 59- 66.

“Family and Household.” A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. David Kastan. Oxford: Basil Blackwell (1999) pp. 85-99.

Manligheten och det sociala systemet under den tidigmoderna perioden.” Manligt och Omanligt i ett Historiskt Perspecktiv, ed. Anne Marie Berggren. Stockholm:

Forskningsrådsnämnden (1999) pp. 96-115.

The Peacemaker: A Critical Introduction.” The Complete Works of Thomas Middleton, ed. Gary Taylor. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 1303-6.

“Social Hierarchies.” The Elizabethan World, ed. Norman Jones and Susan Doran. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 271-84.

“Violence, Gender and Race in the Seventeenth Century English Atlantic.” Masculinities, Childhood, Violence: Attending to Early Modern Women – and Men, ed. Karen Newman and Amy Leonard. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2010, pp. 283-301.

(with Allyson Poska), “Restoring Miranda: Gender and the Limits of European Patriarchy in the Early Modern Atlantic World.” Journal of Global History 7:3 (2012), 342-63.

“Turning the World Upside Down: Gender and Inversion in the Work of David Underdown.”

History Compass 11:5 (2013), pp. 394-404.

“Introduction”. Western Humanities Review, 67(3),(2013) 3-7.

(with Allyson Poska), “Shifting the Frame: Trans-imperial approaches to Gender in the Atlantic World.” Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9:1 (2014) 3-23.

“’Could it just possibly be?’ Revel, Riot and Rebellion at Thirty,” contribution to Forum, “Revel, Riot and Rebellion at Thirty, Cultural and Social History 12:3 (2015), 295-300.

“The Irrelevance of Revisionism: Gender, Politics, and Society in Early Modern England”,

Huntington Library Quarterly 78:4 (2015) 683-701.

“Cuckold’s Haven: Gender and Inversion in Popular Culture,” in The Oxford Companion to the Age of Shakespeare, ed. Malcolm Smuts. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 528- 42.

“The Contradictions of Patriarchy in Early Modern England”, in “Early Modern Patriarchy: A Forum”, Gender and History 30:2 (2018)

 “The Witch of Edmonton: Witchcraft, Inversion, and Social Criticism”.  Early Theatre 21:2 (2018) 167-80.

 “Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984): Clergymen and Masculinity”, in Anglican Women Novelists: From Charlotte Brontë to P.D. James, edited by Alison Shell and Judith Maltby. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, forthcoming 2019.

Review Articles:

“Early Modern Social History in Perspective.” Journal of British Studies 29:1, (1990), pp. 80-85.

“Approaching a New English Social History.” Historical Journal 38:3 (1995), pp. 679-85

“Women’s Voices in Seventeenth Century England.” Journal of British Studies 35:1 (1996), pp. 114- 18.