Alexi Garrett

Field & Specialties

Early American Republic
Women and gender
Social history
Business history


Ph.D., Early American History, University of Virginia (expected 2020)
M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2016
B.A., St. Olaf College, 2012


My dissertation, "Single Women and the Business of Slavery in Virginia, 1780-1830," analyzes how feme sole businesswomen managed their slave-manned enterprises in revolutionary and early national Virginia. I grew up in Iowa City, and received my B.A. in History, English, and Women’s Studies from St. Olaf College. Before graduate school, I worked for Oxford University Press and Macmillan Learning in New York City, and even dug up a Spanish silver coin at Jamestown.


“Catharine Flood McCall: Feme Sole Matriarch of Early National Virginia,” Through Mama’s Eyes: Unique Perspectives on Southern Matriarchy, Cheylon Woods and Kiwana McClung, eds. (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press) (Forthcoming)

““To prevent the introduction of slaves or free mulattoes”: Citizens React to Early National Penitentiaries," Iperstoria “Prison Issue,” Fall/Winter 2019 (Forthcoming)

“‘kp_ingitsimple’: Powerlifting, Feminism, and Social Media in the Millennial Gig Economy,” Strong A(s) F(eminist): Power in Strength Sports, Noelle Briden, Melissa M. Forbis, and Katie Rose Heitmanek, eds. (Forthcoming)

Feme sole” entry, “Daily Life through History” series, The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ed. Alexandra Kindell, ABC-CLIO, LLC. (2018)

Book Reviews
Review of Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America by Catherine E. Kelly, Journal of History and Cultures, Issue 8 (2018)

“From Feme Sole to Feme Covert: The Case of Anna Coles Payne Causten,” The Dolley Madison Digital Edition, ed. Holly C. Shulman, University of Virginia Press (Forthcoming)

“Selected collections relating to Canada,” manuscript guide for Colonial North American Project, Harvard Library (2018)


Twitter: @AlexiGarrett 
Twitter account host for @UVA_GHSA


I have given papers at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, the New-York Historical Society, the Business History Conference doctoral colloquium, and UVA's Early American Seminar.

Awards & Honors

University of Virginia Arts & Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2019) 

Research Fellowship, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (2019)

Adam Smith Fellowship, Mercatus Center, George Mason University (2019)

Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University (2019)

Short-Term Fellowship, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (2019)

Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Virginia (2018)

Public Humanities Fellowship, South Atlantic Humanities Center, Virginia Foundation for Humanities (2018)

Red Hill Fellow, Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation ($25,000) (2017)

Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowship, Harvard Business School (2017)

Short-Term Fellow, Program in Early American Economy and Society, Library Company of Philadelphia (2017)

Exploratory Research Grant, Hagley Museum and Library (2017)

Filson Fellowship, The Filson Historical Society (2017)

Sydney and Frances Lewis Fellowship in Gender and Women’s Studies, Virginia Historical Society (2017)

Doctoral Colloquium, Business History Conference, Denver, CO (2017)

History of Capitalism Summer Camp, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University (2016)

CNA-UELAC Fellowship in Loyalist Studies, Colonial North American Project, Harvard University (2016)

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Award, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia (2016 & 2017) 

Summer Research/Travel Funding, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia (2015 - 2018)

Courses Taught


HIUS 2001: America to 1865 (Summer 2019)

Graduate Teaching Assistant

HIUS 3031: The Era of the American Revolution (Spring 2018)
HIEA 2031: Modern China (Fall 2016)
WGS 2100: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)

Media Appearances

Interviewed for Hagley Museum and Library’s “Stories from the Stacks” podcast, episode entitled “The Lost History of Female Business Owners in the 19th Century” (

Interviewed by Nuala McGovern on BBC World Service’s “Outside Source” radio show to offer historical take on Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally and protest of Aug. 12, 2017 (Aug. 14, 2017)