OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Kate Haulman

Portrait of Kate Haulman

Kate Haulman, Associate Professor of history at American University, researches and teaches early North American and women’s/gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (2011), winner of the Berkshire Conference Prize for Best First Book in the History of Women, Gender and/or Sexuality, and co-editor of Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives (2013). She co-curated the exhibit “All Work, No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor in the Home,” winner of the Secretary’s Prize for contributions to research, on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her current book traces the long “afterlife” of Mary Ball Washington (George Washington’s mother) in public commemoration to explore the intersection of gender, race, and the uses of the Revolutionary-era past. 


Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This lecture traces the story of the initial attempt to create a monument to Mary Ball Washington and the social and cultural work such commemoration performed in 1830s Virginia.
This lecture discusses how and why women’s fashion became a flashpoint of political contestation during the imperial crisis and Revolutionary War.