Associate Professor, History
Cornelia H. Dayton is a social historian of early British America. She specializes in topics related to law, women and gender, sexuality, families, healthcare, and poor relief. Her publications include Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789 (1995); Women’s America: Refocusing the Past, edited with Linda K. Kerber and Jane De Hart, 7th edition (2010); and Warning Out: Robert Love Searches for Strangers in Pre-Revolutionary Boston (forthcoming). Current projects concern New Englanders’ responses to mental and developmental disorders prior to 1840, and the internal workings of urban almshouses in the early national period.
Professor Dayton invites all interested to visit the website “taking the trade” which she has co-developed containing primary sources and other materials related to a 1740s Pomfret, Connecticut abortion case.