Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris
Associate Professor
615 Locust St. Bldg., Rm E125
Research Area
Colonial America, US Women’s History, Puritans and Seventeenth-Century America, Witchcraft

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


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.

Courses Taught

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

Recent Publications

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