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Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor

Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor

Associate Professor

Davis , Ca 95616


Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University before going on to study American history at the University of Michigan, where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. (2003). She was an assistant professor in the History Department at San Jose State University before coming to U.C. Davis.

Research Interests

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history, American women’s history, social, business and economic history

Selected Publications

"Auctioneer of Offices: Patronage, Value, and Trust in the Early Republic Marketplace," Journal of the Early Republic 32, no. 3 (Fall 2013):463-88.

The Ties that Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) 

“Collaborative Consumption and the Politics of Choice in Early American Port Cities,” in Amanda Vickery and John Styles, eds., Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (Yale University Press, November 2006). 

“‘She Said She did not Know Money’: Urban Women and Atlantic Markets in the Revolutionary Era,” Early American Studies 4, no. 2 (Fall 2006): 322-52. 

“Abigail’s Accounts: Economy and Affection in the Early Republic,” The Journal of Women’s History 17, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 35-58. 

Juster, S. and Hartigan-O’Connor, E. “The ‘Angel Delusion’ of 1806-1811: Frustration and Fantasy in Northern New England,” Journal of the Early Republic (Fall 2002): 375-404.