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Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

Associate Professor & Social Science Teaching Program Coordinator

Office: 2556 - Coleman Hall
Email: blaughlinschul@eiu.edu

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz is a historian of the 19th century United States who specializes in in American women's history. Her first book, The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism, was published in 2013 and was named a Kansas Notable Book in 2014. She is now working on a project about 19th century women's rights reformers and the intersections of their ideology about women's rights and citizenship with their experiences of motherhood. She teaches the US survey, American women's history, history of the American family, social studies teaching methods, and historical research/writing, and she serves as coordinator for Social Science Teaching. 

Office Hours Spring 2019
Tuesdays, 12:15-1:45; Wednesdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm; Thursdays, 12:30-2pm
via email and by appointment

Frequently Taught Courses

HIS 2010: The United States to 1877
HIS 2020: The United States since 1877
HIS 2500: Historical Research and Writing
HIS 3900: Women in American History
HIS 3901: History of the American Family
SOS 2400: Introduction to Social Studies Teaching
SOS 3400: Social Studies Teaching Methods for Middle and Secondary Schools
HIS 51601: Historians, Biography, and Microhistory
HIS 51601: American Women's History


PhD, Indiana University, 2009
MA, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2000
BA, Knox College, 1998

Professional Organizations

  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society of Civil War Historians
  • National Council on History Education
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • "Women's Rights and Gender Ideology, 1848-1890," Routledge Companion to the Nineteenth Century, ed. Jonathan Wells (forthcoming)
  • “The Lincolns as Parents," Blackwell Companion on Lincoln, ed. Michael Green (forthcoming)
  • "How John Brown Smashed the Whiskey Barrel: John Brown's Children in Southern California and Memory of the American Civil War," California History 90 (fall 2015)
  • The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism (Cornell University Press, 2013)
  • “John Brown’s Widow in Topeka: The Contested over Brown’s Legacy in Kansas in 1882 and Beyond,” Kansas History (2013)
  •  “‘Endangering the Peace of Society’:  Abolitionist Agitation and Mob Reaction in St. Louis and Alton, 1836–1838,” Missouri Historical Review 45 (October 2000), 1–22. Reprinted in St. Louis from Village to Metropolis: Essays from the Missouri Historical Review, 1906–2006, ed. Louis Gerteis (St. Louis: Lindenwood University Press, 2009).
  • “How was Higher Education seen as an Antidote to Female Sexual Vulnerability, 1780–1830?,” Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000 , June 2007.

Conference Presentations

  • "Lucy Stone, Women's Rights, and Intellectual Life," SHEAR Conference, July 2017
  • "Lucy Stone and the Dilemma of the Mother-Citizen," Organization of American Historians Conference, April 2017
  • "Engaging Students in Historical Inquiry," Missouri Council on History Education, September 2015
  • “‘Relicts’ of the War: Famous Widows and the Shaping of Civil War Memory,” Berkshire Conference on Women’s Historian, Toronto, May 2014
  • “‘he depended on me to watch’: Annie Brown, Housekeeper and Guerilla,” Society of Civil War Historians Annual Conference, Lexington, KY, June 2012
  •  “Making eoc Tests Central but Not Dominant: Idealistic Pragmatism in the History Education Classroom,” OAH/NCPH Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, April 19-22, 2012
  •  “Using Primary Sources to Teach the Revolutionary Era,” North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, February 23, 2012
  •  “Children of Notoriety: Interpreting the War’s Legacy at the Deaths of Owen Brown and Winnie Davis,” “The Legacy of the Civil War: An Interdisciplinary Conference,” Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 10-12, 2011
  • “Illuminating Invisible Pasts: Utilizing the Sesquicentennial to Re-Imagine the Interpretations of the Civil War Era,” panel presentation, Symposium on Public History and the American Civil War, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, March 26, 2011
  • “Teaching the Outbreak of the War through John Brown’s Raid,” North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, February 24, 2011
  •  “The Civil War: A Historian’s Roundtable,” North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, February 24, 2011
  • “‘Thanks to your own struggles … the slave is free’: Mary Brown’s 1882 Eastern Tour,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2010 [panel organizer: “The Memory of John Brown & Radical Antislavery Culture in America, 1880–1940”]
  • “Annie Brown Adams and the Harpers Ferry Raid,” “John Brown Remembered:  150th Anniversary of the Raid on Harpers Ferry,” Harpers Ferry National Park, Harpers Ferry, WV, October 14–17, 2009
  • “‘Am I Not John Brown’s Daughter?’: Annie Brown and Abolitionist Activism,” Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, Minneapolis, MN, June 2008
  • “Could I Not Do Something for the Cause? The Brown Women and John Brown’s Female Networks,” Brown Bag Talk, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA, June 6, 2007
  • “‘I am the only person who can honestly claim to be ‘the last survivor’: The Brown Women in Gilded Age and Progressive America,” American Historical Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, January 2007

Funding & Grants

  • CFR Faculty Research Grant, summer 2016
  • URSCA Sponsor Grants, summer 2015, fall 2015
  • Redden Grants for Undergraduate Education, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2008–2009
  • Fletcher Jones Foundation Huntington Research Fellow, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2008–2009
  • Fellowship, Schlesinger Library Summer Seminar on Gender History: “Writing Past Lives: Biography as History,” June 24–29, 2007
  • Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, 2006–2007
  • Ruth R. & Alyson R. Miller Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2006–2007
  • James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship in American History, 1998–2000

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