• Ann M. Little •

Ann M. Little

The Basics

Name: Ann M. Little
  • History
Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Role: Faculty
Position:  Associate Professor
Concentration:  Colonial North America; women's and gender history; history of sexuality; religious history; history of the body
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Contact Info

Phone: 970.491.3112
Office: Clark B-341
Office Hours:  On leave AY 2014-2015
Email: amlittle@colostate.edu
Website:  http://historiann.com


Specializing in the history of women, gender, and sexuality, along with Professors Alexander, Hindmarch-Watson, and Payne.

Ann M. Little is the author of Abraham in Arms:  War and Gender in Colonial New England (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), which was recognized with an Honourable Mention for the Albert B. Corey Prize/Prix Corey awarded jointly by the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association in 2008.  She has held fellowships at the Newberry Library, the Huntington Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Professor Little has also written for Common-place, and chapters from Abraham in Arms were excerpted in Women’s America:  Refocusing the Past, edited by Linda K. Kerber, Cornelia Hughes Dayton, and Jane Sherron DeHart (7th ed., Oxford University Press, 2010), and in Major Problems in American Women’s History (5th edition, Cengage Learning, edited by Sharon Block, Ruth M. Alexander, and Mary Beth Norton, 2013).  She blogs about history, feminism, and the academic life at Historiann.  You can find her on Twitter at @Historiann.

In academic year 2014-15, she will be at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California as the Dana and David Dornsife Fellow to complete her book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, (1696-1800).  She was an English girl taken captive by the Wabanaki in 1703 who became an Ursuline choir nun in Québec and the order’s only foreign-born Mother Superior.  Her life offers an opportunity to explore many different early American women’s experiences:  she crossed between three cultures in childhood and adolescence, exchanging the Protestantism of her childhood for Catholicism among Wabanaki Indians, and ultimately assumed in old age the powerful position of Mother Superior of the Ursuline convent in Québec.  Wheelwright chose her own captivity, and through her life we may explore the possibilities and limitations of gender in three North American cultures.  Questions about the nature of captivity and liberty, constraint and movement, and security and danger pulse throughout the chapters.

See Professor Little on C–SPAN 3:  American History TV delivering a lecture in her American Women’s History class on October 22, 2012 on the subject of Stays and Colonial-era Clothing.  You can hear her in conversation with Chauncey DeVega of We Are Respectable Negroes on the subject of guns, masculinity, and whiteness that was recorded on December 20, 2012.

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