Research Assistant Professor of History
Phone: (603) 735-3184
Linda has made northern New Hampshire 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. Her 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. Her 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.
Degrees and Education
- PhD, History, University of New Hampshire
- MA, History, University of New Hampshire
- BA, History, University of Massachusetts
- My areas of research include New Hampshire’s immigration and industrial history, the use of the law and legal institutions by everyday citizens to effectuate change, and early 19th century labor history.
- Publications: “‘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).
- Conference Presentations:““Mr. Taxpayer versus Mr. Tax Spender:” Taxpayers’ Associations, Pocketbook Politics and the Law During the Great Depression,” The Organization of American Historians, April 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.
- Exhibit: “Industrial Explorers,” utilizing the Beyond Brown Paper Company archives. Grant writing to support the mission of the Center, 2009 – present.
Awards and Distinctions
- Doctoral Fellowship, Department of History, UNH, 2007-2008
- 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”
Associations, Boards, and Committees
- New Hampshire Preservation Alliance – Board
- American Society for Legal History – Member
- American Historical Association – Member
- Organization of American Historians – Member
- Law and Society Association – Member
- Heritage Studies Foundations
- NH and NE History
- American Legal History
- Modern U.S. History