Research Assistant Professor
BA, University of Massachusetts-Boston; MA, PhD, University of New Hampshire
Phone: (603) 535-3072
About Professor Upham-Bornstein
Northern New Hampshire has been Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s home for most of her adult life. The region’s rich history, heritage, and culture were the impetus for her pursuit of a Ph.D. in United States history at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s dissertation, “The Taxpayer as Reformer: ‘Pocketbook Politics’ and the Law, 1860 – 1940,” examines taxpayers as political and legal actors, who saw paying taxes as a source of political legitimacy and empowerment, and the development and expansion of the taxpaying citizen’s right to hold public officials accountable. While she is primarily a legal and socio-political historian, her research and teaching also embrace race, labor, and immigration history in the United States. Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s additional position as the History, Heritage and Culture Coordinator for the Center for Rural Partnerships provides her with opportunities to continue working on northern New Hampshire history and heritage projects.
- “‘Men of Families’: The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829 – 1831,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 4, no. 1 (Spring 2007) 65 – 97.
- “Citizens With a ‘Just Cause’: The New Hampshire Farmer-Labor Party in Depression-Era Berlin,” Historical New Hampshire, 62, no. 2 (Fall 2008) 117 – 137.
- Review of Jeff Forret, Race Relations at the Margins: Slaves and Poor Whites in the Antebellum Southern Countryside (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006) for American Nineteenth-Century History, 8, no. 2 (June, 2007) 236 – 237.
- “Americanization Programs,” Encyclopedia of American Immigration (California: Salem Press, 2010)
- “Immigration Act of 1907,” Encyclopedia of American Immigration (California: Salem Press, 2010)
- “The Taxpayer As Reformer: ‘Pocketbook Politics’ and the Law in New York City, 1900 – 1930,” American Society for Legal History, November 2009.
- “Progressive Era Taxpayers’ Actions as a Means of Eliminating Corruption and Promoting Reform in Local Government,” Northeast Law and Society Meeting , Amherst College, May 22, 2007.
- “‘Men of Families’: The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829 – 1831,” British Association for American Studies, Cambridge University, April 2005.
Awards and Honors
- Doctoral Fellowship, Department of History, UNH, 2007-2008
- Dissertation Fellowship, University of New Hampshire, 2007-2008 (declined)
- Rutman Family Graduate Fellowship in History, Department of History, UNH 2006-2007
- Participant, Law and Society Graduate Student Workshop, Law and Society Conference, 2003
- Wilcox Prize, Department of History, UNH, 2003 (Prize for the best graduate research paper for 2002/2003), “‘Men of Families’: The Intersection of Labor Conflict and Race in the Norfolk Dry Dock Affair, 1829 – 1831″
Wilcox Prize, Department of History, UNH, 2000 (Prize for the best graduate research paper for 1999/2000), “The Berlin Farmer-Labor Party and Political Reform Movements of the 1930s.”
Courses Taught at Plymouth State University
- HIDI 1210 U.S. Society in the Vietnam Era
- HIDI 1307 Creating A Nation
- HIDI 1308 Gilded Ages in American History
- HI 3115 U.S. Legal History
- HI 3340 New Hampshire and New England History
- HI 4358 Public History and Local History Methods
- HS 5100 Heritage Studies Foundations
- Center for Rural Partnerships, History, Heritage and Culture Coordinator
- White Mountains Institute Heritage Programs
- Exhibit: Industrial Explorers: Research and Development at Brown Company, Berlin NH 1915-1968
- Project Humanist. Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911, 2009 – 2010.