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Abby Chandler

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Abigail B ChandlerAssociate Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    History
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4529
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 106R
  • Email

Research Interests

Legal and Political History, the Eighteenth-century Anglo-American Atlantic world, and Material Culture.

My current book project examines rebellions in 1760s British North America from both local and imperial perspectives.

Education

  • Ph D: History, (2008), University of Maine at Orono - Orono, ME
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: At the Magistrate's Discretion: Sexual Crime and New England Law, 1636-1718
  • MA: American History, (2002), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
    Supporting Area: Public History
  • BA: History, (1996), Colby College - Waterville, ME

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, History Department (2011), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Outstanding Graduate Ph.D. Student (2009) - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Selected Publications

  • Chandler, A.B. (2017) "‘I Made Fresh Pursuit after Him’: Law, Order and Sexual Misconduct on the Maine Frontier," Maine History 51:1 pp. 83-108
  • Chandler, A.B. (2016) "'Unawed by the Laws of their Country’: Finding Legal and Political Legitimacy in North Carolina’s Regulator Rebellion," North Carolina Historical Review 93:2 pp. 1-28
  • Chandler, A.B. (2016) "Dressing for History: Teaching in Eighteenth-Century Clothing," Commonplace: The Journal of Early American Life 16:3
  • Chandler, A.B. (2015) "From Birthing Chamber to Court Room: The Medical and Legal Community of the Colonial Essex County Midwife," Early Modern Women 9:2 pp. 109-38
  • Chandler, A.B. (2015) "Law and Sexual Misconduct in New England, 1650-1750: Steering Toward England," Ashgate
  • Chandler, A.B. (2014) "Teaching with a Tea Set: Using Objects in the US History Survey," Perspectives on History 52:4 pp. 31-32
  • Chandler, A.B. (2012) "Captives, Slaves and Writers: Teaching Olaudah Equiano as Captivity Narrative," University of Tennessee Press
  • Chandler, A. (2011) "And the Author of Wickedness Surely is most to be Blamed: The Declaration of Debora Proctor," Legacy 28:2 pp. 312-329
  • Chandler, A.B. (2011) "Branching into the Classroom: Living History Away from the Museum," Proceedings of the 2010 Conference and Annual Meeting for the Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museum XXXIII:
  • Chandler, A. (2010) "Incontinent Practices: Women, Language, and Sexual Crime in Colonial Maine," Early Modern Women pp. 217–221
  • Chandler, A. (2008) "At the Magistrate’s Discretion: Sexual Crime and New England Law, 1636-1718," Wellesley College

Selected Presentations

  • ‘Let us Unanimously Lay aside Foreign Superfluities’: Textiles, Anglo Identity and Politics in the Pre-Revolutionary British Empire - World History Assocation Conference, June 2017 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • History and the Bill of Rights - Living Bill of Rights Celebration, January 2017 - Nahant, Massachusetts
  • The Life and Times of Martin Howard - Newport Historical Society Lecture Series, January 2017 - Newport, Rhode Island
  • Puritans at Home: A Conversation about Marriage, Love, and Family - Boston Charter Day Celebration, September 2016 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • The Interconnected Atlantic World from the Eighteenth Century to the Present - Babcock Lecture in History, April 2016 - Orono, Maine
  • ‘The said Margaret Prays Process against Him’: Public and Private Lives in Colonial Maine’s Court Rooms - Maine Historical Society Lecture Series, April 2016 - Portland, Maine
  • ‘Unawed by the Laws of their Country’: The Role of English Law in North Carolina’s Regulator Rebellion - Early American History Seminar, March 2016 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • ‘Unawed by the Laws of their Country’: The Role of English Law in North Carolina’s Regulator Rebellion - British Group in Early American History Conference, September 2015 - Sheffield, England
  • An Odd Adventure: Variations on the New England Captivity Narrative Tradition - Seventeenth Century Warfare, Diplomacy & Society in the American Northeast Conference, October 2013 - Mashantucket, Connecticut
  • Sexual Misconduct and Blasphemy in a Changing Massachusetts Society - Boston Charter Day Celebration, September 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Co-presented Remapping Reputation: Virtue, Violence, and Victimhood - Attending to Early Modern Women Conference, July 2012 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • I Charged her to Spake the Truth: The Legal Role of the Colonial Midwife - Boston College Legal History Roundtable, February 2012 - Boston, MA
  • 'Always Ready and Willing to do for them what lay in her Power': The Legal Role of the Essex County Midwife - Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Series, February 2012 - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • I Charged her to Spake the Truth: Midwives and Unwed Mothers in Essex County" - Early American History Seminar, December 2011 - Boston, MA
  • Chaired and commented on Domestic Politics - New England Historical Association Conference, October 2011 - Boston, MA
  • I Charged her to Spake the Truth: Midwives, Unwed Mothers and Paternity Support in Essex County - 17th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, June 2011 - New Paltz, New York
  • His Relations Being Great Men: Households and Sexual Crime in Essex County Massachusetts - British Group in Early American History Conference, September 2010 - Oxford University, England
  • Branching into the Classroom: Living History Away from the Museum - Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Annual Meeting and Conference, June 2010 - Worcester, MA
  • I Made Fresh Pursuit after Him: Law, Order and Sexual Misconduct on the Maine Frontier - Early American Borderlands Conference, May 2010 - St. Augustine, Florida
  • He hath Absented Himself from Her: Saints and Strangers in Plymouth Colony - Early American History Conference, September 2008 - Manchester, England
  • The True Case Concerning Thomas Choat: The 1705 Declaration of Deborah Proctor - 14th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, June 2008 - Boston, MA

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Archie K. Davis Research Grant (2015), Grant - North Carolinian Society
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  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teaching Fellowship (2011), Fellowship - National Endowment for the Humanities
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  • Graduate Research Fellowship (2007), Fellowship - University of Maine
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  • Graduate Student Government Research Fellowships (2006), Fellowship - University of Maine
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  • Charles J. Dunn Dissertation Research Grant (2007), -
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  • John J. Nolde Lectureship in History (2007), - University of Maine History Department
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  • Phillips Library Research Fellow (2006), Fellowship - Peabody Essex Museum
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