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Monica L. Mercado

Monica Mercado

Assistant Professor of History
History, 318 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7516
Monica L. Mercado is assistant professor of history, affiliated with Women's Studies and Museum Studies. She teaches classes in U.S. women's and gender history, the history of sexuality, public history, and the liberal arts core curriculum.

Trained as a cultural historian, Mercado studies the role of gender and sexuality in forming and re-forming women's religious and intellectual communities. Her research centers on questions of women, girlhood, and religion in nineteenth- and twentieth-century North America (with a particular focus on U.S. Catholicism), and the role of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in developing campus histories and public history sites and curricula. This work and her teaching at Colgate draw on print, visual, and material culture studies, as she has spent much of her professional life in museums and archives, gaining experience with object-based pedagogies and collaborating with librarians, curators, and community organizations. She is a member of the New York State History Advisory Group, convened by the New York State Education Department's Office of State History, and consults on women's history programs and exhibitions.

In addition to her research and teaching, Mercado currently serves on the American Historical Association (AHA) Committee on Gender Equity and the AHA Council's ad hoc committee on sexual harassment in the profession.

From 2014-2016 she directed The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College.


BA (2001) Barnard College; MA (2006) PhD (2014) University of Chicago


"Women and the Word: Gender, Print, and Catholic Identity in Nineteenth-Century America"

Research and Teaching Interests

U.S. women's and gender history (colonial era to the present); history of sexuality; religion in American culture; childhood/girlhood studies; American Catholic studies; museum studies, archives, and public/digital history.

Selected Publications and Work-in-Progress

The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism [book manuscript in progress]

"The Politics of Women’s History: Collecting for the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State," article solicited for Women & Collections, a special issue of Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals (anticipated 2019)

"Religion, Race, and Sexuality," in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History, eds. Kathryn Gin Lum and Paul Harvey (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

"Mapping the Women of Evangelical Gotham," review of Kyle B. Roberts, Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (University of Chicago Press, 2016) for Religion in American History (March 29, 2017)

"History of Women's Education Open Access Project," National Endowment for the Humanities white paper, co-authored with Eric Pumroy, Rachel Appel, and Evan McGonagill (August 2015)

"'Have You Ever Read?': Imagining Women, Bibles, and Religious Print in Nineteenth-Century America," U.S. Catholic Historian 31.3 (Summer 2013): 1-21

'On Equal Terms' -- Educating Women at the University of Chicago
, co-authored with Katherine Turk (Chicago: University of Chicago Library, 2009)


at Colgate University:

HIST 199: History Workshop (Fall 2018)
HIST 211: Women's Rights in U.S. History (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019)
HIST 213: Women in the City (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
HIST 304: Sex and Sexualities in U.S. History (Spring 2018, Spring 2019)
HIST 313: Upstate History  (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
CORE 152/FSEM 107A: Challenges of Modernity (Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2019)  

at Bryn Mawr College:

HIST B303 History in Public: Race, Gender, and Campus Memory (Spring 2016) 
HIST B332 Higher Education for Women: Bryn Mawr and Beyond (Spring 2015)

at School of the Art Institute, Chicago: 

SOCSCI 3520 Women in the City (Spring 2014)

at The University of Chicago:

HIST 28707 Queer on the Quads: LGBTQ Oral History at the University of Chicago (Spring 2013)

Recent Papers and Presentations

forthcoming "At Home in the ACHA? A Gender Historian Rethinks the Guild," Critical Terms roundtable, American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) Annual Meeting (Chicago, January 2019)

forthcoming "Social Media for Historians: A Practical Guide," American Historical Association Annual Meeting (Chicago, January 2019) 

“When American Religion Goes Digital,” University of Chicago Divinity School (May 2018)
Monica Mercado at Chicago Divinity School

 Newman Catholic Lunch Series, Colgate University (March 2018)
Monica Mercado at Newman Lunch

History Conversations, Colgate University (October 2017)
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“Intellectual Catholic Women and the Fin-de-Siècle Girl: Singleness as Frame for American Catholic Women's History.”  Single Lives: 200 Years of Independent Women in Literature and Popular Culture, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin (October 2017)

Grants and Distinctions

Upstate Institute Faculty Research Fellowship for "Women at the Catholic Summer School of America, 1891-1911," Colgate University (2018)

Bicentennial Projects grant for "Coeducation comes to Colgate: Campus History as U.S. Women’s History," Colgate University (2017)

Tri-College Digital Humanities grants, Bryn Mawr College (2014, 2015)

Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women's Studies Association (2013-2015 cohort)

Junior Fellowship, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School (2013-2014)

Dissertation Fellowship, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago (2012-2013)

Trustees Fellowship, University of Chicago (2004-2009)

In the News

State Museum Creates New York State History Advisory Group (February 2017)

College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education ( profiled by Women in Higher Education (August 2016)

"Many Women Paved the Way for Hillary Clinton," The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 24, 2016) 

"Historians Find Fruitful Terrain: Their Own Institutions," The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 21, 2016)