Corinne T. Field
Fellow in Residence, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
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Corinne, currently adjunct faculty in History at the University of Virginia, is completing a book manuscript, Perpetual Minors: Women’s Rights and the Struggle for Equal Adulthood in the Atlantic World. This project recasts the history of feminism from the 1770s to the 1930s as a transatlantic and interracial struggle to win women rights and respect as fully realized adults. Interweaving political, intellectual, and social history, her book examines how women’s rights activists—from Mary Wollstonecraft and Frederick Douglass to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frances Harper—wrestled with the significance of age in the discourses of slavery, dependency, emancipation, imperialism, and equal rights.
She is co-editor of a volume tentatively titled, Age Matters: Chronological Age in American History, that brings together scholars working on the history of childhood, adulthood, old age, and fetal development to explore how chronological age has figured in the development of citizenship, work, education, medicine, and culture.
Field received her Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University in 2008 and her B.A. from Stanford University in 1997. Her Ph.D. dissertation was a finalist for the Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize and was nominated for the Bancroft Dissertation Prize. Her next project, Minors to Men: Maturation, Gender, and Race in the Early American Republic, will examine the political significance of manhood as a stage of life.