Kirsten E. Wood
Director of Graduate Programs
Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, DM 389
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1998
Professor Wood's interests include the American South, women's history, gender, slavery, and African-American history. Her Masterful Women: Slaveholding Widows from the American Revolution through the Civil War (2004) reinterprets the political construct of mastery in the southeastern United States in light of slaveholding widows' distinctive legal, economic, and social position as "masters" of slaveholding households. In her current research, she is investigating the economic, social, political, and gender dimensions of tavern-keeping and tavern-going in the early republic and antebellum periods, with a particular eye to women tavern-keepers, workers, and patrons. She has also undertaken a historiographic survey of gender and slavery in the Americas. She has published and spoken on kinship among slaveholders, master-slave relations, gender and the southern economy, and Jacksonian politics.