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Sara Damiano

Dr. Sara DamianoOffice: TMH 223
Phone: 512.245.5750

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. - Johns Hopkins University
M.A. - Johns Hopkins University
B.A. - Brown University

American History

Research Interests
Early America and the Atlantic World, Women and Gender, Legal History, Economic History

Sara T. Damiano received her PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University and is currently an assistant professor at Texas State University. She is a social and cultural historian of early America and the Atlantic world.

Damiano’s current book project, To Her Credit: Gender, Law, and Economic Life in Eighteenth-Century American Cities, examines women’s everyday economic and legal activities in Boston, MA and Newport, RI. Analyzing involvement in financial transactions as creditors, debtors, litigants, and witnesses, this study demonstrates that women were vital participants in credit networks. It also shows that early Americans’ routine economic dealings shaped social hierarchies, alternately empowering women and exposing the gendered limits of female economic participation. This research makes extensive use of legal records including petitions and local court cases, and it combines qualitative and quantitative methods.

Damiano has previously published articles on female administrators of estates and on collaborations between male and female financial agents. In the Spring of 2016, she was a Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) postdoctoral fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Her research has also received support from organizations and institutions including the American Historical Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.

Damiano teaches courses on early America, the Atlantic world, law and society, capitalism and economic culture, and American women’s and gender history. Prior to arriving at Texas State University, she taught courses at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


"Writing Women’s History through the Revolution: Family Finances, Letter Writing, and Conceptions of Marriage," William and Mary Quarterly 74, no. 4 (October 2017): 697-728.

“Agents at Home: Wives, Lawyers, and Financial Competence in Eighteenth-Century New England Port Cities,” Early American Studies 13, no. 4 (Fall 2015): 808-835.

“’To Well and Truly Administer’: Female Administrators and Estate Settlement in Newport, Rhode Island, 1730-1776,” New England Quarterly 86, no. 1 (March 2013): 89-124.