Lauren Duval is a historian of early North America and the Atlantic World specializing in women’s and gender history, the era of the American Revolution, and public history. She is currently completing a book manuscript examining gender, domestic space, and military occupation during the American Revolution. Centering the urban household, she analyzes how the disruptive experiences of war and occupation disordered household racial and gender hierarchies and argues that these experiences contributed to emergent ideas about the private home and its place in the new American nation. She published an article from this project, “Mastering Charleston: Property and Patriarchy in British-Occupied Charleston, 1780-82,” in the William and Mary Quarterly, which received the journal’s 2018 Richard L. Morton Award. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Public Library, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Professor Duval earned her PhD from American University in Washington, DC.
Professor Duval teaches courses on colonial North America and the Atlantic World, the American Revolution, and early American women’s and gender history.