Holly A. Mayer, Ph.D.Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 618
Education:Ph.D., History, College of William and Mary
M.A., History, University of Oregon
B.A., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
After earning a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. at the University of Oregon, a Ph.D. at the College of William and Mary, and duty with the United States Army, Professor Mayer moved to Pittsburgh to teach at Duquesne. Her courses, which are primarily on early America, encompass cultural, social, and political issues, including the relationships between European, African, and Native American peoples, gender roles, intellectual trends, and the development of American identity. Dr. Mayer's research field is broadly defined as late eighteenth-century America with a particular focus on the American Revolution, civil-military relations, and the evolution of American character and culture.
HIST 203: American History to 1877
HIST 204: History of the U.S. since 1877
HIST 311W: Writing History
HIST 320: Colonial America
HIST 321: American Revolution
HIST 351: US Foreign Relations to WWI
HIST 387: Native American History
HIST 430W/530: Atlantic World, 1450s-1750s
HIST 563: Early America: Colonization to Revolution
HIST 579: US Diplomatic History
HIST 691: Research Seminar
Dr. Mayer is presently working on a book manuscript titled Congress's Own: The 2nd Canadian Regiment's War for Independence.
Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996.
For the Record: A Documentary History of America. 2 vols. Co-edited with David E. Shi. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1999; rev. eds. 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016.
Some Articles & Essays:
-"Religious Freedom in the Ranks." Mount Vernon magazine. (Spring 2016): 42-43.
-"Canada, Congress, and the Continental Army: Strategic Accommodations, 1774-1776." Journal of Military History 78, no. 2 (April 2014): 503-35.
-"Canada and the American Revolution." In Reflections, Museum of the American Revolution Center website (first published April 2012). URL: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/updates/reflections/canada-and-american-revolution
-"Bearing Arms, Bearing Burdens: Women Warriors, Camp Followers, and Home-front Heroines of the American Revolution," in Gender, War, and Politics: Transatlantic Perspectives, 1775-1820, ed. by Karen Hagemann, Gisela Mettele, & Jane Rendall. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010. Pp. 169-187.
-"Women and Wagoners: Camp Followers in the American War for Independence." History Now (Gilder Lehrman Institute's on-line quarterly) 21 (September 2009).
-"Wives, Concubines, and Community: Following the Army." In War and Society in the American Revolution, editors John Resch and Walter Sargent. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007. Pp. 235-62.
-"From Forbes to Families: Following the Army into Western Pennsylvania, 1758-1766." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 130 (January 2006): 5-43
-"Food for Thought: Reflections on the Study of War." Pennsylvania Legacies (Historical Society of Pennsylvania) 5, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 36-37.
-"Forging the Armor of Virtue." Pennsylvania Legacies (Historical Society of Pennsylvania) 2, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 13-17.
-"Soldierly Subordination: The Issue of Deference in the Continental Army." In The Military and Society, ed. by Peter Karsten. Vol. 2, The Training and Socializing of Military Personnel. New York: Garland Publishers, 1998. Pp 293-307.
Honors, scholarships, and grants awarded since 2000:
- Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History, 2016-17, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
- Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Short-term Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, 2016.
- McAnulty College Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2015
- The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Short-Term Residential Fellowship, Mt. Vernon, VA, 2014-15
- Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Residential Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library and Colonial Williamsburg Research Division, Williamsburg, VA, 2014
- NEH Endowment Grant for Research, McAnulty College & Graduate School, 2013
- Society of the Cincinnati Scholars' Grant, The Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., 2013
- NEH College Endowment Grant for Research, McAnulty College & Graduate School, Duquesne University, 2006
- Wimmer Family Foundation Faculty Development Award, Duquesne University, 2004
- David Library of the American Revolution one-month research fellowship, 2001-2002
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation One-Month Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002
- Severino Russo Award, Duquesne University, 2001-2002