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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

300th Anniversary University Professor, Emerita at Harvard University

Areas of expertise

  • Consumption & Material Culture
  • Cultural History
  • Religion
  • Social History
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality

Major works

Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf , 2007; Y_ards & Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History_. New York: Palgrave, 2004; The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001; A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990; Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982

About Me

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is the author of Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Early New England, 1650-1750 (1982) and A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812(1990) which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 and became the basis of a PBS documentary. In The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Making of an American Myth (2001), she has incorporated museum-based research as well as more traditional archival work. Her most recent book is Well-behaved Women Seldom Make History (2007). Her major fields of interest are early American social history, women's history, and material culture.

Courses and Programs taught by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich