Kristen McCabe Lashua

Advisor: Paul D. Halliday

Email: kgm4bw (at)

Fields & Specialties

Early modern England and its empire, early modern Europe, the Atlantic World, and the history of childhood

Dissertation in progress: "Children at the Birth of Empire, c. 1600-1760"


ABD, University of Virginia, History

Field exams completed January 2012 in Early Modern Britain, Early Modern Europe,   Eighteenth-Century Europe, and the Atlantic World

M.A., University of Virginia, History, May 2011

Thesis: “‘Shipp them out for Virginia, with as much expedition as may stand with conveniencie’: The Transportation of London’s Vagrant Children to Virginia, 1618-1622”

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, May 2009, summa cum laude

        Majors: History and English Literature   Minor: Latin

Academic Work Experience

Instructor, University of Virginia, Fall 2013 and Fall 2014, Senior Research Seminar: Childhood and Children in the West, 1500-1959

Graduate Assistant, University of Virginia Summer Transition Program, 2013 and 2014

  • Guest lecturer for program, Summer 2013, "Children and Labor in History"

Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia, August 2010-2013

  • Roman Republic and Empire, Professor J.E. Lendon, Spring 2013
  • The French Revolution, Professor Sophia Rosenfeld, Spring 2012
  • Palestine 1948, Professor Alon Confino, Spring 2012
  • Roman Republic and Empire, Professor Elizabeth Meyer, Spring 2011
  • History of England to 1688, Professor Paul Halliday, Fall 2010. 
    • Guest lecture, “English Religion under Edward VI and Mary I” 

Graduate Research Assistant, The Papers of George Washington, 2011-2013           


Invited Panelist, UVA Department of History Teaching Assistant Workshop, 2014

Co-Chair, University of Virginia Department of History Graduate Liaison Council, 2013-2014

Associate Editor, Essays in History, October 2011-August 2012

Manuscript reviewer, Essays in History, 2009-2011


Book review, Suffering Childhood in Early America: Violence, Race, and the Making of the Child Victim, by Anna Mae Duane. Essays in History 45 (September 2011)

Honors and Fellowships

Doris G. Quinn Fellow, 2014-2015

UVA Department of History Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2015

Honorable Mention, Coordinating Council for Women in History/Berks Graduate Student Fellowship, 2013

The Manuscript Society Maass Research Grant, 2012-2013

UVA Department of History Research Grant, 2013

Dissertation Grant from the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 2012

Buckner W. Clay Award and Fellow of the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, 2012

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, 2012

Dumas Malone Fellowship from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 2012

Nominated for University of Virginia Graduate Teaching Award, 2012

University of Virginia Department of History Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2012

Severtson/Forest Foundation Fellowship, 2008-2009

Beckman Scholar, 2008-2009

Professional Presentations and Seminars

Interviewed on "Little Feet: Children Starting Over in America," BackStory with the American History Guys, radio show and podcast. Airdate October 4, 2014

Presenter, “Destitute Children and ‘Nursing Fathers’: The Care of London’s Youngest Vagrants, c. 1600-1700.” Mid-Atlantic Renaissance and Reformation Seminar. Newport News, VA. February 14-15, 2014.

Presenter, “A Global Answer to the Plight of London’s Children.” Early American Seminar. Charlottesville, VA. March 4, 2014.

Participant, “Rogues, Gypsies, and Outsiders: Early Modern People on the Margins." Faculty Weekend Seminar, Folger Institute. Washington, D.C. May 22-23, 2014.

Presenter, “Charitable Kidnappers? Children, Consent, and the Early English Empire." The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000. Minneapolis, MN. June 1-2, 2014.

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