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I am Professor of History at UMBC with expertise in the study of early modern women and families. I study the period from 1500 to 1750, with a focus on economic, social, and financial history. I am the author of Never Married: Single women in early modern Britain (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain’s Financial Revolution, 1690-1750 (Oxford University Press, 2016). I am the founding director of UMBC's Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor and am currently the Chair of the History Department. My current projects include a history of the English financial scandal involving the Charitable Corporation in 1732 and a history of separated and divorced wives.


  • –present
    Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • 1996 
    Duke University, PhD