Cornelia H. Dayton

Cornelia H. Dayton

Cornelia H. Dayton teaches colonial North American history, gender in the early modern period, and U.S. legal history at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Women before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789 (1995) and a coauthor, with Sharon V. Salinger, of Robert Love's Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (2014). Winner of the OAH Merle Curti Award, this work is a study of the Massachusetts practice of warning strangers and the lives of hundreds of ordinary people-on-the-move affected by it. Engaged for the past decade in exploring how mental and developmental disorders were understood and treated at the family and local levels prior to 1840, she is also investigating poor relief, almshouses, and the lives of African New Englanders.

Lectures

  • Autism in History: A Puzzle
  • Coping with Mental Disorders and Learning Disabilities before the Rise of Specialists
  • The Braided Lives of Lucy and Scipio Pernam, African New Englanders
  • Warning Out: How and Why Colonial Boston Regulated Strangers
  • Women before the Bar: Snapshots of Early American Courtrooms