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


Work in Progress:

Book manuscript titled The End of Marriage: Adultery in Nineteenth-Century America


Lucretia Mott Speaks: Speeches and Sermons, with Christopher Densmore, Nancy Hewitt, and Beverly Wilson Palmer, under contract with University of Illinois Press.

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.

Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History with Alison Parker. University of Rochester Press, 2012.

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.


“How did an international agenda shape the American women's rights movement, 1840-1869?” in Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin, eds. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000. Alexander Street Press, 2012.

Alison Parker and Carol Faulkner “Introduction,” Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History. University of Rochester Press, 2012.

“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.

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

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellow, American Antiquarian Society, Fall 2014.

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

“'Spiritualistic-Free Love': Religious and Sexual Respectability in the Women's Rights Movement,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Toronto, 2014.

“Lucretia Mott and the American Civil War,” Women and Warfare, From Ancient Times to World War II, Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict, University of Edinburgh, 2013.

“The Unitary Home and Early Feminism,” Communal Studies Association Conference, Oneida Community Mansion House, 2012.

“Curious Connections: Feminism, Free Love, and Phonography,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Baltimore, 2012.

“The American Women's Suffrage Movement, 1869-1920,” Teaching American History grant, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University, 2012.

“Lucretia Mott: Radical Quaker, Radical Abolitionist,” Friends Historical Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 5, 2011.

“Lucretia Mott and the Seneca Falls Convention,” Convention Days Celebration and Rededication of Wesleyan Chapel, Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY, 2011.

“'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.

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

SU Affiliations

Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Women's and Gender Studies

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