Lisa A Norling

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Department of History
1231 HellerH

271 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties


  • maritime history
  • women's history
  • gender and class in early America
  • 18th and 19th-century America
  • 18th century Atlantic World
Courses Taught
  • Hist 1908 - Making Minnesota, 1766-1862
  • Hist 3347/WoSt 3407 - Women in Colonial and Victorian America
  • Hist 3351 - American Maritime History
  • Hist 5857 - Proseminar: Readings in the History of American Women
  • Hist 8857 - Research in the Social History of American Women
  • Liberal Studies 5100 - Voyages: Clarity, Madness, and Transformation of the Sea
  • WoSt 8101 - Intellectual History of Western Feminism
  • WoSt 8940 - Feminism & History
  • Hist 5910 - Readings in Antebellum and Civil War-era U.S. History
  • Hist 1301W - Introduction to U.S. History, 1600-1880
  • Hist 3812 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Faculty member, Munson Institute in American Maritime Studies, Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic CT: 2001 - present
  • Exhibit Consultant and Member, Advisory Board, U.S.S. Constitution Museum, Boston, MA: 2002 - present
  • Co-Chair: Local Resources Committee for the 2007 Organization of American Historians annual Meeting
  • Co-Chair: Local Arrangements Committee for the 2008 Berkshire Conference of Women's History
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies: History Department


  • Oceanic Crossings: traveling women’s experiences at sea in the 18th century, the gender and class dynamics in early modern oceanic travel, ongoing
  • Commerce and Coverture in Early America: through a case study of 18th-century Massachusetts "she-merchant" Kezia Coffin, a reconsideration of colonial women's work and entrepreneurship, ongoing


  • "Historians in the Schools" program with the St Paul Public Schools: Teaching American History grant-funded program of professional development in American history for St Paul social studies teachers, grades 7-12, January 2006 - June 2008
  • "Choosing to Be a Subject: Loyalist Women in the Revolutionary Atlantic World": Norling, Lisa, Sarah Chambers, Journal of Women's History, 20:1 39-62, 2008.
  • Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870.. Norling, Lisa, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.
  • Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920.. Norling, Lisa, co-edited with Margaret Creighton, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
  • 'How Fought With Sorrow and Heartpangs': Mariners' Wives and the Ideology of Domesticity in New England, 1790-1880. Norling, Lisa, 1992.
  • The Sentimentalization of American Seafaring, 1790-1870.. Norling, Lisa, 1991.
  • L. Byrne Waterman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Whales- and Whaling-Related Research and Pedagogy in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences, the Kendall Institute of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 2002
  • Frederick Jackson Turner Award for best first book in American History, Organization of American Historians for Captain Ahab Had a Wife., 2001
  • John Lyman Award for best book in American Maritime History, North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History for Captain Ahab Had a Wife., 2001
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship
  • Log of Mystic Seaport Prize Article Award, 1989