Elisabeth Davis

edavis4@buffalo.edu | CV

Fields: American History, Women’s History, Early Modern Europe

MA History & Women’s Studies, Temple University
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, Temple University
BA History, Shippensburg University

Thomas Jefferson’s one daughter wanted to become a nun. She was so determined that her father staged what we might call an intervention. Nuns were a major part of 19th century political, religious, and educational life.  Yet, as historians, we barely talk about them, except as tangential figures. My research seeks to reclaim nuns from the margins of history to reveal their place in the larger narratives of antebellum American religious, gender, and cultural histories.