Lisa Norling

Lisa Norling

Lisa Norling is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in U.S. social history, women’s history, and maritime history. She also teaches at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut every summer and serves as a consultant to the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. Her publications include the anthology Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920 (1996) and Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery 1740-1870 (2000), which won the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award as well as the Lyman Award from the North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History. Her current research focuses on eighteenth-century oceanic travel, especially women’s experiences at sea.

Lectures

  • Captain Ahab Had a Wife: Sailors' Wives and Widows in Nineteenth-century America
  • Captured at Sea in 1863: Lucy Lord Confronts Confederate Captains and Chinese Corsairs
  • Quaker Wives and Cape Horn Widows: Colonial Women in New England Seaports
  • Sister Sailors and Hen Frigates: American Women at Sea in the Age of Sail
  • Which History? The Battle over K-12 Social Studies Standards in Minnesota