Linda L. Sturtz, George Russell Corlis Professor of History, Beloit College


mailing address: History Department
                         700 College Street
                         Beloit, WI 53511 USA

office phone number: 608-363-2316


"Guilty Honours – The Jamaican Set-Girls: An African-American Expressive Culture in the Late Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,"  (Book manuscript.)

"Backra Ooman in Babylon”: Gender and "Whiteness" in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica.

 "Sacred Music in Jamaica" Oral History and Manuscript Preservation and Collection Project (with collaborator Dr. Suzanne Shirley, University of the West Indies-Mona) affiliated with the National Library of Jamaica

"Living Reputable': Legislating Whiteness in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica," journal article



 Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia, (Routledge, May 2002)


 "Jerdone/Jordan: A Tale of Two Widows in Revolutionary Virginia," Virginia Women: Their Lives and Time, Edited by Cynthia Kierner and Sandra Treadway (Athens, Georgia, forthcoming, 2013).

 "Women, Gender, and the Family," Chapter in Textbook, Converging Worlds:  Communities and Cultures in Colonial America, Edited by Louise A Breen (New York: Routledge, 2011) and Sources chapter for "Women, Gender and the Family," in Converging Worlds: Communities and Cultures in Colonial America, A Sourcebook, Edited by Louise A Breen (New York: Routledge, 2011). 

"Mary Rose: 'White' African Jamaican Woman?:  Race and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica" in Gendering the African Diaspora Women, Culture, and Historical Change in the Caribbean and Nigerian Hinterland, edited by Judith A. Byfield, LaRay Denzer, and Anthea Morrison (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010).

 "'As though I my self was pr[e]sent:'" Virginia Women with Powers of Attorney," in The Many Legalities of Early America, edited by Christopher Tomlins and Bruce Mann, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press/Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2001).

 "The 1780 Hurricane Donation: 'Insult Offered Instead of Relief,'" Jamaican Historical Review 21 (2000), 38-46, notes: 67-70.

"The Eighteenth-Century 'Bokcorah Woman' in Jamaica," Centre for Gender and Development Studies Differentiating Caribbean Womanhood: Working Papers Number 3 (Mona), edited by Jacquelin Stevens, (Kingston: University of the West Indies - Mona, 1999.)

 "The 'Dim Duke' and Duchess Chandos:  Gender and Power in Jamaican Plantation Management -- A Case Study," Revista/Review Interamericana 29 (1999),

"Catherine Blaikelyand "Susannah Cooper" Dictionary of Virginia Biography, (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1999 and 2006).

 "Ladies and the Lottery: The Cultural Implications of Gambling for Elite Women in Colonial Virginia," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 104 (1996), 1-20.

"Spanish Moss and Aprons:  Responses to Gender Ambiguity in the Exploration and Colonization of Southeastern North America," The Seventeenth Century 11 (1996), 125-140.


Teaching American History (TAH) Presentations, U.S. Department of Education TAH Program for K-12 teachers

  June, 2009: McNeese State University, Louisiana (Colonial British North America)

  June, 2008: McNeese State University, LA  (Women in Colonial North America)  

  October, 2007: Rockford, IL  Public Schools (Colonial North America)

 Sacred Music in Jamaican History, with Collaborator Suzanne Shirley. Oral History and Manuscript Music Preservation Project (2007 – present

Black River, Red Earth:  A Short History of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Commissioned by the St. Elizabeth Homecoming Foundation for the opening of a museum in Black River in St. Elizabeth, 1999.


freshman seminar: FYI program
  Myth and Memory in American History
History 150:  Slavery, Human Trafficking and Abolition
History 235:  Captives, Cannibals, and Capitalists: The Early Modern Atlantic World
History 238:  From Confederation to Confederacy
History 248:  Survey of US Women's History
History 282:  Early Caribbean History
History 293.02 Constructing Archives (XL with MUS Studies, Labs across the Curriculum)

History 310:  Capstone Seminar on the History of the Early Modern Atlantic World
History 310a:  "Whiteness" in American History
History 310b:  Crossing Boundaries
History 310c:  Senior Seminar: "Sounds of Wonder: Early American History through Music"
Fall 2011: Taught the ACM/GLCA research seminar in the Humanities at the Newberry Library

Ruins of Colbeck Castle, Jamaica