Monica Mercado

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Monica Mercado

Assistant Professor of History

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History, Women's Studies

Monica L. Mercado is Assistant Professor of History, affiliated with Colgate's programs in Women's Studies and Museum Studies. 

She will spend the 2019-2020 academic year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and North American Religions at Harvard Divinity School and Research Associate in the Women's Studies in Religion Program.

My research takes on questions of women, girlhood, and religion in 19th and 20th century North America and explores the role of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in public history projects and pedagogy.

My first book, The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, in progress, argues for the centrality of young women's narratives in nineteenth-century U.S. Catholic history. I spoke about that project most recently at Harvard Divinity School on the roundtable "Ethical Scholarship: Gender, Religion, and Difference" (August 28, 2019), online here.

I am also beginning research on the life history of Ella Harding -- a nineteenth-century Catholic “spinster” school teacher from upstate New York -- as part of my next book project, which explores singleness as a frame for American women’s religious history. I have worked to document the visual culture of Puerto Rican Catholic childhoods in mid-20th century New York City, and wrote on the intersections of race, religion, and sexuality for the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History.

As the 2020 centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment approaches, I am engaged in speaking and writing projects that assess women's history in New York museums, archives, and monuments.

The Young Catholic: Girlhood and the Making of American Catholicism, book manuscript in progress.

"Putting Women on a Pedestal: Monument Debates in the Era of the Suffrage Centennial," for Suffrage at 100: Women in American Politics Since 1920, eds. Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow (Johns Hopkins University Press, anticipated August 2020).

"Summer Camp: American Religion and Recreation in the Great Outdoors," The Anxious Bench (July 25, 2019).

“Taking Stock of Gender History at AHA19,” AHA Perspectives Daily (January 3, 2019).

"The Politics of Women’s History: Collecting for the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State," Collections: A Journal for Museums and Archives Professionals 14.3 (Summer 2018): 331-350.

"Religion, Race, and Sexuality," in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History, eds. Kathryn Gin Lum and Paul Harvey (Oxford University Press, 2018), 96-109.

"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).

Book reviews in The Journal of American History and Journal of the Early Republic (forthcoming), The Hudson River Valley Review, American Catholic Studies, and The Journal of Religion.

Harvard Divinity School

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)

BA, Barnard College

AM/PhD, University of Chicago

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend (2019) 
  • Mother Theodore Guerin Research Grant, University of Notre Dame Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism (2019)
  • 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)
  • 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)