Faculty and Staff

Lucia McMahon

Professor • Department of History, Liberal Studies & Philosop

Dr. Lucia McMahon is currently Professor and Chair of History at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, where she regularly teaches courses in early national U.S. history and women’s history. She received her Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University, where her dissertation received the Dean’s Research Award. She is the author of several books and articles, including Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012), and The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000).

Dr. McMahon is Co-Editor, with Dr. Chris Fisher at The College of New Jersey, of a new book series published by Rutgers University Press. Ceres: Rutgers Studies in History seeks to be the primary place to publish new, rigorously peer-reviewed scholarship on New Jersey and the surrounding region. Ceres is also dedicated to fostering diverse and inclusive scholarship and hopes to feature works addressing issues of social justice and activism. See: https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/ceres


PhD History, Rutgers University New Brunswick,

Representative Publications

Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic; Ithaca, NY; Cornell University Press; 2012

To Read My Heart: The Journal of Rachel Van Dyke, 1810-1811; Philadelphia, PA; University of Pennsylvania Press; 2000

““She Pursued her Life-Work’: The Life Lessons of American Women Educators, 1800-1860,” ; New Perspectives on the History of Women’s Education in the United States; Palgave Press; 2017

"'Memorials of Exemplary Women are Peculiarly Interesting': Female Biography in Early National America"; Legacy; Volume 31, 2014

"'A More Accurate and Extensive Education Than is Customary': Educational Opportunities for Women in Early Nineteenth-Century New Jersey; Volume 124, 2009

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