Holly A. Mayer, Ph.D.Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
College Hall 603A
Education:Ph.D., History, College of William and Mary
M.A., History, University of Oregon
B.A., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
After completing studies in American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, I decided that the old call to -go west, young man- also applied to young women. So I headed to the Pacific Northwest and the University of Oregon where I earned a History M.A. and a commission in the U.S. Army. After four years on active duty (first in Arizona and then Virginia), I continued to serve in the Army Reserve as I resumed graduate studies at the College of William and Mary. When I moved to Pittsburgh to teach at Duquesne that dual academic and army existence continued until my retirement from the military. Other activities have certainly filled the void, including service for the American Revolution Center and other historical organizations.
My courses on early America intertwine 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 and government. I have also taught the history of early United States foreign relations and plan to add a course on military history.
HIST 203: American History to 1877
HIST 204: History of the U.S. since 1877
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
My research field is late eighteenth-century America with a particular focus on the American Revolution and the evolution of American character and culture. I am presently working on a book manuscript titled Congress' 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, and another forthcoming in 2013.
Some Articles & Essays:
-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.