Cornelia Dayton

Visiting Research Scholar

Home Institution, University of Connecticut

LAPA Fellow, 2016-2017

LAPA Fellow

 412 Robertson Hall



Cornelia H. Dayton *86 is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.  Her most recent book, written with Sharon V. Salinger, Robert Love’s Warnings: Searching for Strangers in Colonial Boston (2014), won the Merle Curti Award for social history (Organization of American Historians) and the Littleton-Griswold Award in law and society (American Historical Society).  She is also the author of Women Before the Bar: Gender, Law, and Society in Connecticut, 1639-1789 (1995).  Much of her research draws on manuscript court records and involves reconstructing litigants’ life histories.  Research and teaching areas include women, gender, and sexuality in the early modern Atlantic; U.S. immigration policy; and 18th-century urban governance and systems of welfare and relief.  She holds an A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. for Princeton. At LAPA, her research will focus on legal, social, and cultural responses to mental and cognitive disabilities in New England from 1700 to the founding of the first asylums in the early 1800s, with particular attention to race, gender, and class.