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Frances Davey

Assistant Professor, History
Phone: (239) 590-1271
E-Mail: fdavey@fgcu.edu
Office: MH 195

Education

Ph.D. History, University of Delaware, 2011

M.A. History, University of Delaware, 2002

M.A. American Studies, The College of William and Mary, 1997

B.A. American Studies, Smith College, 1992

 

Research and Teaching Interests

U.S. Social and Cultural History, Women and Gender, Sexuality and Medicine, Material Culture

Clothing and Fashion, Witchcraft in England and America, Pathologization of the Female Body

 

Courses Offered

  • AMH 2020 U.S. History to 1877
  • AMH 3571 African-American History to 1865
  • AMH 3930 US Women's History to 1865 

 

Articles and Essays

  • “‘I Am Sick All Over’: Working Class Women, Clothing, and the Management of Menstruation, 1873-1914,” Rebecca B. Worley, ed., Material Culture Symposium for Emerging Scholars: Selected Papers 2003-2007 (Small Wonder Press and Raven Press, 2008).
  • Co-authored with Thomas A. Chambers, “‘A Woman? At the Fort!’: A Shock Tactic for Gender Integration in Historical Interpretation,” Gender & History 6 (November 1994).
  • “Living Graciously: Interpretation and Entertaining in the Hungerford Dining Room,” Pure & Sweet: Receipts &c. for Domestic Economy and Gracious Living (Old York Historical Society, 1992).

 

Conference Presentations

  • “Women and Witchcraft in 17th-Century England,” paper presented at the Common Book Project Faculty Lecture Series, Fairmont State University, April 2012.
  • “Is Jamie Lee Curtis a Man? Sex and Gender: Biology and Fashion,” paper presented with Dr. Pamela Huggins at the Women’s Studies Colloquium, Fairmont State University, March 2011.
  • “Toilet Rooms and Rustling Frou Frou: Factory Women, Clothing, and the Management of Menstruation,” paper presented at the Women’s Studies Colloquium, Fairmont State University, February 2011.
  • “American Women in the Mid-20th Century,” paper presented at the Common Book Project Faculty Lecture Series, Fairmont State University, November 2010.
  • “Toilet Rooms and Rustling Frou Frou: Factory Women, Clothing, and the Management of Menstruation,” paper presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Minnesota, June 2008.
  • “‘I am Sick All Over’: Working-Class Women, Clothing, and the Management of Menstruation, 1873-1914,” paper presented at Sex/Changes: Historical Transformation of Sex, Gender, and Sexualities: New England American Studies Association, Brown University, November 2007.
  • “‘Women Can Go into the Surf Without Making Themselves Hideous’: Bathing Suits and Social Hygiene at Coney Island, 1873-1914,” paper presented at the 11th Annual Salve Regina University Conference on Cultural and Historic Preservation, Salve Regina University, October 2007.
  • “‘Thoroughly Democratic in Principle:’ Bathing Suits and the Negotiation of Social Class on the Beaches of Coney Island, 1873 to 1914,” paper presented at the Conference on New York State History, Columbia University, June 2006.
  • “‘Thoroughly Democratic in Principle:’ Bathing Suits and Social Mobility on the Beaches of Coney Island, 1873 to 1914,” paper presented at New York: City in Motion, Interdisciplinary Conference, New York Institute of Technology, March, 2006.
  • “‘Good Times, Inside & Out’: Smith College Athletes and Social Hygiene, 1880-1914,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association, November 2005.
  • “Female Weakness: The Management of Menstruation and Social Class, 1880-1914,” paper presented at the Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, September 2005.
  • “The Hygiene Question and Women’s Undergarments, 1880-1920,” paper presented at the Emerging Scholars Symposium on Material Culture, Winterthur Museum, April 2003.
  • “The Dress Maker and the Coquette: Clothing, Draperies, and Handkerchiefs in Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1845-1855,” paper presented at Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Colloquium, University of Delaware, November 2001.
  • “‘Wild, Wearable, and Seeworthy’: The Expression of Gender Constructs and Taboos in Women’s Bathing Suits, 1950 to 1980,” paper presented at the Geis Student Research on Women Conference, University of Delaware, February 2000.
  • “The Plant That Would Not Die and Other Artifacts: Material Culture and Interpretation, and Researching with Probate Inventories at a 19th Century Site,” paper presented at “Laying Foundations and Mending Fences: The Craft of Living History,”Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Southeast Regional Conference, February 1999.

 

Grants and Awards

  • Improving Student Learning Effects (ISLE) Grants Program Recipient, 2010-2011, Fairmont State University
  • University of Delaware Dissertation Fellow, 2007
  • Friends of Rockwood Research Fellow, 2004, 2005
  • Wood Institute Research Fellow, 2004
  • Winterthur Dissertation Research Fellow, 2004
  • Center for American Material Culture Research Fellow, 2002
  • Steward Research Fellow, 2001
  • Steward Fellow, 1999-2000

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