Finding Women's Stories during New York's 1798 Yellow Fever Epidemic
Dr. Carolyn Eastman is Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, she was in residence as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellow at the New-York Historical Society, developing a new book on New Yorkers’ experiences of the yellow fever epidemics in the 1790s. She continues that work in 2022-2023 as a Public Scholar funded by the NEH.
She writes about early America and the Atlantic world, focusing on the intersections of gender, political culture, and the mediums of writing, speaking, and visual images. She is the author of two books:
The Strange Genius of Mr. O
A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public After the Revolution