Laura McCoy is a cultural historian specializing in the history of women, gender, family, capitalism, and emotions in the 18th- and 19th-century Anglophone world. Her dissertation project, “In Distress: Family and a Marketplace of Feeling in the Early American Republic,” explores how families relied on emotion work to reckon with economic instability in the early United States. McCoy spent the 2018-2019 academic year as the Monticello-McNeil Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. Her research has also been supported by funding from the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, the Virginia Historical Society, and the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium.
At Northwestern, McCoy has served as the History department’s representative to the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council, as president of the History Graduate Student Organization, and as a founder and coordinator for the History Department Women’s Group. She has designed and taught an undergraduate seminar called “Remember the Ladies: Women in the Early American Republic,” and is also a Mellon cluster fellow in British Studies.
An east coast transplant and New England enthusiast, McCoy holds a B.A. in History from Vassar College, and an M.A. in History from Northwestern.