Faculty by Research Specialization

The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is known for its innovative research and exemplary scholarship. Our faculty work at the cutting edge of their respective fields, covering a wide variety of geographic, temporal, and thematic fields of study. The areas of specialization listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of our scholastic interests. Rather, they highlight the diverse and often overlapping ideas and approaches we explore within our teaching and research.

Marilyn Westerkamp
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
    • Stevenson College
  • Affiliations Feminist Studies Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3427 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Stevenson College Academic Building, 273
  • Office Hours Spring 2020: Tuesdays 11:30-1:30 or by appointment, on Zoom; email to set up Zoom meeting
  • Mail Stop Stevenson Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Gender Studies, US History, Religion and Secularism, Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Women's Studies
  • Courses HIS 10A, US History 1600-1877; HIS 13, Introduction to American Religious Culture; HIS 110A, Colonial America, 1500-1750; HIS 112, American Feminist Thought, 1750–1950; HIS 113C, Women and American Religious Culture; HIS 190P, Early American Society and Culture; HIS 204A, History of Gender Research Seminar; HIS 210A, Readings in U.S. History and the World; HIS 211 A/B, Readings/Research in Early American; HIS 265, History of the Body

Research Interests

British Colonial America; Early Modern Atlantic World; Early Modern Cultural and Religious History; World Missionary History; Women and Religion; Gender

Biography, Education and Training

B.A., Brandeis University
M.A., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • Women and Religion in Early America 1600-1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions. London and New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • "Engendering Puritan Religious Culture in Old and New England." Pennsylvania History 64 (1997), 105-22.
  • "Puritan Patriarchy and the Problem of Divine Revelation." Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23 (1993), 571-95.
  • "Anne Hutchinson, Sectarian Mysticism, and the Puritan Order." Church History, 59 (1990), 482-96.
  • Triumph of the Laity: Scots-Irish Piety and the Great Awakening 1625-1760. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Teaching Interests

British Colonial America; US and the World; American Feminist Thought; History of Religions in the U.S.; Gender and History; History of the Body