Dr. Mary Cayton

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Mary Cayton
Title: 

Professor Emeritus of History

Education: 

PhD 1981, Brown University

AM, Brown University

BA, University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • 19th century United States history, especially social, cultural and intellectual
  • History of religion in the U.S.
  • History of print and communications in the U.S.
  • Historical methods, theories, and models 
Selected Publications: 
  • Emerson’s Emergence: Self and Society in the Transformation of New England, 1800-1845, University of North Carolina Press, 1989
  • Co-Editor (with Peter Williams), Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History, 3 volumes, Charles Scribner’s Sons (New York), Simon & Schuster (London), 2001
  • Co-Editor (with Elliott Gorn and Peter Williams), Encyclopedia of American Social History, 3 volumes, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1993
  • “Harriet Newell’s Story: Women, The Evangelical Press, and the Foreign Mission Movement,” A History of the Book in America, ed. Robert Gross and Mary Kelley, University of North Carolina Press, 2010
  • "Canonizing Harriet Newell: Women, the Evangelical Press, and the Foreign Mission Movement in New England, 1740-1840," Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960, ed. Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Kathryn Kish Sklar, and Connie A. Shemo, Duke University Press, 2010
Selected Grants and Awards: 
  • Honors and Scholars Medallion, for outstanding contributions to the Miami University Honors and Scholars Program, 2007
  • Co-Principal Investigator, President’s Academic Enrichment Award, Miami University, for work to develop a humanities documentary unit, 2007
  • Grant Development Coordinator, Campus Heritage Planning Grant, Getty Foundation, 2007
  • Research Fellowship, Boston Athenaeum/Congregational Library, "'A Divine and Supernatural Light': Religious Emotion and the Rise of Evangelical Culture in America, 1740-1840," 2010
Work in Progress: 

Mary Kupiec Cayton’s most recent work has focused on religious experience in 18th and 19th century New England. Her current projects include a book-length study of the culture of Congregational evangelicalism.