Maeve Kane

Maeve Kane

Associate Professor
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Social Science 060S

PhD, Cornell University 2014
MA, Cornell University 2010
BA, Macalester College 2008

Maeve Kane

Dr. Kane is on sabbatical for the 2021-2022 academic year.

My research focuses on the social and economic history of gender, race and culture contact in early America and the early modern Atlantic world, with a focus on clothing as a site of conflict over religion, sovereignty and political economy. My current project, Shirts Powdered Red: Haudenosaunee Women's Work in Three Centuries of Cross-Cultural Contact, examines Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women's labor and consumer choices from first contact through the reservation period of the mid-nineteenth century. My work is interdisciplinary and draws on material culture, archaeology, art and digital methods to examine economic change and consumer agency. As an extension of my interest in material culture and consumerism, I am also interested in the construction of race and authenticity in public history through historical reenactments and hobbyist living history.

I am interested in directing graduate and undergraduate research on race, consumerism, gender performance and colonialism in early America, as well as work that incorporates digital quantitative and ethnohistorical methods.

PhD Students:

Elana Krischer, 2020 "Empire State Interrupted: Constructions of Law, Property, and Sovereignty in Debates Over Seneca Land, 1779-1889"

Michelle Renee Henault, "The Reproductive Life Cycle of Eighteenth-Century Britons"

Sara C. Evenson, "The Domestic Spaces of the Hudson Valley"

Elisabeth Tatum, "Dutchess County Debtor Networks"