Caitlin Lawrence


M.A.,  Early American History, University of Missouri, 2015
B.A.,  Political Science and History – Honors in History, University of Iowa, 2013
Former member of the University of Iowa’s NCAA DI Big Ten Varsity Women’s Rowing Team (2009-13)


I am a PhD student working with Professor Jeffery Pasley studying the history of the Early American Republic. Particularly, I am interested in voting and elections, the role of women in politics, the electoral college, as well as political ideologies from the Revolution through the War of 1812. My dissertation investigates the fascinating interplay of voting, elections, and (democratic) participation in the time before universal manhood suffrage. My master’s thesis examined the roles of women, consumption, and production in politics during “Jefferson’s Embargo” (1807-1809).

 “The Politics of Consumption: The De-escalating Political Rights of Women”, Spring 2016 Women and Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Missouri, March 2016

 “Because free people all belong to the same family”: Liberty, Nationhood, and the Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Madame de Staël”, History Graduate Student Association Colloquium, Department of History, University of Missouri, October 2015

Extracurricular Activities, Service, and Awards:
President, History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) 2017-18
     Formerly Treasurer, 2015-16, 2016-17


  • Jack Miller Center Fellowship, JMC Sumer Institute 2014