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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.

Professor Lisa Materson and I are co-editors of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History.  As part of this ongoing project, we organize several events each year on campus concerning women’s and gender history in transnational context.  Our website is:


Selected Publications


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

Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (co-edited with Lisa Materson) (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Chapters 6-10, Global Americans (Forthcoming, Cengage Publishing).


“Public Sales and Public Values in Eighteenth-Century North America,” Early American Studies (Fall 2015): 749-73.

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

“Witchcraft,” “Sex and Sexuality,” “Marriage and Family,” “Gender,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online:  Atlantic History, ed. Trevor Burnard (New York:  Oxford University Press, June 2011)

“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.

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