Michelle Morris

Associate Professor
315 Read Hall
573-882-4380
Research Area: 
Colonial America, US Women’s History, Puritans and Seventeenth-Century America, Witchcraft
Education: 

B.A., College of William and Mary, 1995
M.A., Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, University of Delaware, 1997
Ph. D., Harvard University, 2005

Bio: 

Michelle Morris is from Richmond, Virginia.  She received her undergraduate degree in History and English from the College of William and Mary, her master of arts from the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware, and her doctorate from Harvard.  She joined the History Department at the University of Missouri in 2007.

Dr. Morris published her first book, Under Household Government: Sex and Family in Puritan Massachusetts, in 2013.  The book explores the role families played in policing sexual behavior in late seventeenth-century Massachusetts.  It features many wild Puritan stories including the oft-told tale of “Sex for Cheese.”

Dr. Morris is currently researching the Hartford witchcraft crisis of the early 1660s.

Recent Publications: 

Under Household Government: Sex and Family in Puritan Massachusetts.  Harvard University Press, 2013.

Teaching: 

HIST 1100:  US History to 1865

HIST 2400:  US Women’s History

HIST 3010:  Colonial America

HIST 4972:  Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century New England (capstone)

 

HIST 8000:  Readings in Colonial American History

HIST 8001:  Seminar in Colonial American History