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Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor

Associate Professor of History, University of California at Davis


Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor is associate professor of history at the University of California at Davis, where she teaches courses on gender and the histories of colonialism and capitalism.  She is the author of The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (U Penn, 2009), co-author of Global Americans (Cengage 2017), a college textbook on American history in global context, and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of American Women’s and Gender History (OUP, 2018).  She is currently completing America Under the Hammer, a history of auctioning and market culture in early America, as well as #EmpireSuffrageSyllabus, a public history project in collaboration with the UC Consortium on Women, Gender, and Sexuality Histories in the Americas.  Since 2018, she has served as Associate Dean for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars at UC Davis.