Maxwell School

Carol Faulkner

Professor, History


Contact Information

310A Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-4303


Ph.D., Binghamton University, 1998


19th-century America, U.S. women, gender, sexuality, social movements



Lucretia Mott’s Heresy: Abolition and Women’s Rights in 19th-Century America. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. 

Women in American History to 1880: A Documentary Reader. Part of “Uncovering the Past Series,” edited by Nancy Hewitt and Steven Lawson. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.                 

Women’s Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen’s Aid Movement.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

The Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott.  Eds. Beverly Wilson Palmer, Holly Byers Ochoa, and Carol Faulkner.  University of Illinois Press, 2002.


“Dangerous Tendencies: Slavery, Sex, and Authority in the Transatlantic Correspondence of Lucretia Mott,” in Claudette Fillard and Françoise Orazi, eds., Exchanges and Correspondence: The Construction of Feminism, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

“’A New Field of Labor’: Antislavery Women, Freedmen’s Aid, and Political Power” in Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller, eds., The Great Task Remaining Before Us: Reconstruction as America’s Continuing Civil War, Fordham University Press, Fordham University Press, 2010.

Introduction to Matilda Evans, Martha Schofield: Pioneer Negro Educator [Columbia, S.C.: Dupre Printing, 1916]. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2009. Available in the online journal Women and Social Movements, 1600-2000, at

“The Root of the Evil: Free Produce and Radical Antislavery, 1820-1860,” Journal of the Early Republic 27 (Fall 2007): 377-405.

“Lucretia Mott,” in Peter Hinks and John McKivigan, eds. Encyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition. Greenwood Press, 2006.

“A Nation’s Sin: White Women and U.S. Policy toward Freedpeople” in Pamela Scully and Diana Paton, eds. Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World, Duke University Press, 2005.

“Freedmen’s Aid” in Gwendolyn Mink and Alice O’Connor, eds. The Encyclopedia of Poverty and Social Welfare in the United States, ABC-Clio, 2005.

“American Anti-Slavery Society” and “Emancipation Proclamation” in ed. Paul Boyer, The Oxford Companion to United States History, Oxford University Press, 2001.

“‘A Proper Recognition of Our Manhood’: The African Civilization Society and the Freedmen’s Aid Movement,” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, v. 24 n. 1 (January 2000): 41-62.

“How did White Women Aid Former Slaves during and after the Civil War?” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin,eds. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.

Carol Faulkner and Beverly Wilson Palmer, “How did Lucretia Mott Combine her Commitment to Antislavery and Women’s Rights?” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin,eds. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000.

“Josephine Griffing,” “Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” and “Susan B. Anthony,” in Jeanne T. Heidler, James M. McPherson, Davis S. Heidler, Gary W. Gallagher, and Mark E. Neeley, Jr., eds. Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political, Social, and Military History (ABC-CLIO, 2000).

“John Alvord” and “Josephine Griffing,” American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1998.

Book Reviews:

Susan Klepp, Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820, for Common-Place, Vol. 11, No. 1, October 2010.

Judith Kelleher Schafer, Brothels, Depravity, and Abandoned Women: Illegal Sex in Antebellum New Orleans, and Nina Silber, Gender & the Sectional Conflict, for Reviews in American History, Vol. 38, No. 1, March 2010, pp. 87-92.

Richard L. Hume and Jerry B. Gough, Blacks, Carpetbaggers, and Scalawags: The Constitutional Conventions of Radical Reconstruction, in Journal of American History Vol. 96, No. 2 (September 2009), p. 562.

Ryan P. Jordan, Slavery and the Meetinghouse: The Quakers and the Abolitionist Dilemma, 1820–1865, in Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Fall 2009), p. 103-4.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Feminist as Thinker: A Reader in Documents and Essays. Edited by Ellen Carol DuBois and Richard Cándida Smith, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 2007 105(4): 715-717

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis, To Set This World Right: The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau’s Concord, in Journal of the Early Republic 27 (Fall 2007): 555-557.

Beth A. Salerno, Sister Societies: Women’s Antislavery Organizations in Antebellum America, in Canadian Journal of History, XLII (Autumn 2007), 353-355.

Alisse Portnoy, Their Right to Speak: Women’s Activism in the Indian and Slave Debates, for H-SHEAR, H-NET Book Reviews, April 2007.

Edward E. Baptist and Stephanie M.H. Camp, New Studies in the History of American Slavery, for North Carolina Historical Review, LXXXIII, No. 3 (July 2006), 396-7.

Paul Ortiz, Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920, for Journal of American Ethnic History, Winter/Spring 2006.

Jane Turner Censer, The Reconstruction of Southern White Womanhood, 1865-1895, for Reviews in American History, 2004 32(3):392-398.

Michael P. Gray, The Business of Captivity: Elmira and its Civil War Prison, for the Journal of Southern History, Vol. 69, No. 2, May 2003: 443-44.

David Blight, Beyond the Battlefield: Race, Memory, and the American Civil War, for the North Carolina Historical Review LXXX, No. 1 (January 2003): 111.

Judith Ann Giesberg, Civil War Sisterhood: The U.S. Sanitary Commission and Women’s Politics in Transition, for Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 23, No. 1, Summer 2001: 141-142.

Carolyn J. Lawes, Women and Reform in a New England Community, 1815-1860, for, July 2001.

Brooks D. Simpson and Jean V. Berlin, ed. Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman 1860-1865, for Journal of the Military History of the West, Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2001, 70-71.

William B. Styple, Writing and Fighting the Civil War: Soldier Correspondence to the New York Sunday Mercury, for New York History, Summer 2001.

Teaching Appointments

2005-2007 Associate Professor of History, State University of New York College at Geneseo

1999- 2005 Assistant Professor of History, State University of New York College at Geneseo

1998-99 Editing Fellow, National Historical Publications and Records Commission Lucretia Mott Correspondence, Pomona College, Claremont, CA  

Research Grants and Awards

Visiting Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia/Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Summer 2006.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University, Spring 2006.

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York, 2004.

Moore Research Fellowship, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Summer 2004

Presidential Summer Fellowship, SUNY Geneseo, Summer 2001.

Price Visiting Research Fellowship, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Summer 2000.

Distinguished Dissertation Award, Binghamton University, 1999.

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Historical Documentary Editing Fellowship, 1998-99.

Dissertation Year Fellowship, History Department, Binghamton University, Spring 1997.  

Recent Invited Lectures

“‘I Know of No Religious Association I would Prefer’: Lucretia Mott, Radical Abolition, and the Society of Friends,” Quakers and Slavery: An International Interdisciplinary Conference, Philadelphia, Swarthmore, and Haverford, PA, November 4-6, 2010.

“Women and Women’s Rights in the Early Republic,” President’s Plenary, Society for the History of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY, June 22-25, 2010.

“Theodore Dwight Weld: Romantic Love in the Anti-Slavery Movement,” National Abolition Hall of Fame Induction, Colgate University, October 24, 2009

“The Contested Sphere of Women in the Second Great Awakening,” Religion in America Series, Oneida Community Mansion House, April 9, 2009

“Schism: Women’s Rights and the Society of Friends,” Upstate New York Women’s History Organization Meeting, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, March 7, 2009

“Lucretia Mott and the Problem of Moral Suasion,” Fourteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Minnesota, June 12-15, 2008.

“Lucretia Mott, Seneca Falls, and Women’s Rights in New York,” Lemoyne College, March 18, 2008.

“Lucretia Mott and Women’s Public Activism in Nineteenth Century America,” presentation at the Center for the Teaching of American History, Binghamton University, November 3, 2007.

“Sex, Race, and Salvation in the American Economy: The Free Produce Movement,” Susan B. Anthony and the Struggle for Equal Rights: A Women’s History Conference, University of Rochester, 2006.

“Interracial Friendships in the Freedmen’s Aid Movement,” Thirteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Scripps College, 2005.

“’The Jubilee of Acquiescence and Triumph,’ or How History Remembers Lucretia Mott,” Honorary Curator’s Lecture, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, 2005.

“‘All earnest women who love purity and demand justice’: Women’s Politics after the Civil War,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, 2004.

“Freedmen’s Aid and Women’s Rights in Rochester, 1862-1869,” Researching New York, SUNY Albany, 2003.

Panelist, Reshaping the Public Sphere: Varieties of Women’s Politics, 1840-1920, Social Science History Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003.

“Women’s Rights and Reform during Reconstruction: The Friendship of Emma V. Brown and Emily Howland,” The Complex Web of Women’s Friendships, University of New England, 2002.       

“Women’s Radical Reconstruction: Freedmen’s Aid as Women’s Reform,” Southern Association for Women Historians, 2000.

“Still ‘Women and Sisters’?: Freedwomen and Abolitionist Women During Reconstruction,” Black History Workshop, University of Houston, 2000.

SU Affiliations

Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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