Alexi Garrett

Office Hours: Spring 2018: Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30pm, Nau 396

Field & Specialties

Advisor: Dr. Alan Taylor 
Dissertation committee: Drs. Alan Taylor, Elizabeth Varon, Justene Hill, Corinne Field, and S. Max Edelson
Early American Republic
Social history
Business history
Women and gender


Ph.D., Early American History, University of Virginia (expected 2019)
M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2016
B.A., St. Olaf College, 2012


My dissertation analyzes how feme sole businesswomen managed their slave-manned enterprises in the early national South. 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.


Edited Collection
“Catherine Flood McCall: Financial Matriarch of Nineteenth-Century Virginia,” Through Mama’s Eyes: Unique Perspectives on Southern Matriarchy, Cheylon Woods and Kiwana McClung, eds. (University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, forthcoming)

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 (Feb. 2018)

Feme sole” entry, The World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, LLC. (Sept. 2018)

“Republican Motherhood” entry, George Washington Digital Encyclopedia, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (forthcoming)

“Belle Harris Bennett” entry, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, ProQuest Publishing (forthcoming)


Twitter: @AlexiGarrett 
Twitter account host for @TheCCWH, @H_Slavery_HNet, and @UVA_GHSA


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

Awards & Honors

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)

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 (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, 2016, 2017)

Courses Taught

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