Chair & Associate Professor
Spring 2017 Office Hours: M-F 9:00-4:30; by appointment
Dr. Lucas is a southern California native with degrees from the University of California at Riverside (PhD & MA) and Whittier College (BA). An early Americanist by training, Dr. Lucas’s main interests are material culture; identity; women, gender, and sexuality; and Native American-European relations. She has published articles in Early American Studies, Quaker History, and Essays in Economic & Business History. Dr. Lucas is currently working on an article which uses clothing as a lens to better understand New England witch trials and a larger project for a non-academic audience about letter writing in early America. Dr. Lucas teaches HIST 2301: The Making of America; HIST 4302: History of Witchcraft; HIST 4305: Gender in American History; HIST 4311: Colonial & Revolutionary America; HIST 6300: Historiography and Methods; HIST 6303: Topics in American History, and is currently proposing a class on History Through Material Culture. When she isn’t teaching, in meetings, or deciphering eighteenth-century hand writing, she can be found at her “country” home with her pack of rescue dogs, brood of hens, and pumpkin vines…probably baking something.