Professor, History Department
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Maxwell School
Tenth Decade Faculty Scholar
Highest degree earned
Carol Faulkner is a professor of history and associate dean for academic affairs at the Maxwell School. She studies the history of the nineteenth-century United States, with a particular focus on women, gender, sexuality, and social movements.
She is the author of "Women's Radical Reconstruction: The Freedmen's Aid Movement" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), "Lucretia Mott's Heresy: Abolition and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), and "Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-Century America" (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), and the editor of "Women in American History to 1880: A Documentary Reader" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). She is a co-editor of "The Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott" (University of Illinois Press, 2002), "Interconnections: Gender and Race in American History" (University of Rochester Press, 2012), and "Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons" (University of Illinois Press, 2017).
Professor Faulkner teaches classes on American social protest and the history of sexuality.
Areas of Expertise
Research Grant Awards and Projects
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.
Unfaithful: Love, Adultery, and Marriage Reform in Nineteenth-Century America, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019
Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons , with Christopher Densmore, Nancy Hewitt, and Beverly Wilson Palmer, University of Illinois Press, 2017
Lucretia Mott's Heresy: Abolition and Women's Rights in 19 th -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.
Andrew W. Cohen and Carol Faulkner, "Enforcing Gender at the Polls: Transing Voters and Women’s Suffrage before the American Civil War,” Journal of Social History, Volume 56, Issue 2 (Winter 2022): 386-410.
“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 http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com.libezproxy2.syr.edu/was2/was2.object.details.aspx?dorpid=1002104577.
“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. http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/was2/was2.object.details.aspx?dorpid=1000670750
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. http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/was2/was2.object.details.aspx?dorpid=1000683489
“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.
Presentations and Events
“The Famous Friendship of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony,” Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, Disciplines: An International Conference, Paris, France, October 11-13, 2018.
“Sexual Socialism in Nineteenth-Century Utopias,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Sacramento, California, April 2018.
“Reimagining Marriage and Adultery in the Age of Beecher-Tilton,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, Sexuality, Hofstra University, June 2017.
“Conglomerate Man: The Body and Mind of P.B. Randolph,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2017.
“Love vs. Virtue: Reconsidering the Ideal of Female Sexual Purity,” Rethinking Women’s History: New Perspectives on the History of Women in the Early American Republic, Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and Universite Paris Diderot, June 17, 2016
“Legal Marriage and Complex Divorce at the Oneida Community,” C19 The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Biennial Conference, Pennsylvania State University, March 17-20, 2016
“'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.
Previous 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
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