Melissa J. Gismondi

Field & Specialties

Early American Republic, Borderlands, Women and Gender, Social and Cultural History

Dissertation: The Character of a Wife: Rachel Donelson Jackson and American Expansion, 1760s-1820s

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library, 2016-2017

Filson Fellowship, Filson Historical Society, 2014-2015 

Graduate Student Research Travel Grant, Southern American Studies Association, 2015

Wills Research Fellowship, Tennessee Historical Society, Summer 2014 

Reed-Smith Research Grant, University of California, Davis, Department of History, Summer 2013 

Scholarly Research Fellowship, Kentucky Historical Society, Summer 2013 

Doctoral Fellowship Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2013-2016

Provost’s Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of 

California, Davis, 2012-2013 

Arts Graduate Research Travel Award, McGill University, 2011-2012 

Selected Publications 


 “Seduction Novels” and “Jane Franklin”, in The World of the American Revolution: A Daily Life, ed. Merrill D. Smith, (Westpoint, CT.: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2015).

“Review of Andrew Jackson: Southerner, By Mark R. Cheatham.” Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol. 112, No. 4, (Fall 2014.) 


-Contributor, BackStory with the American History Guys blog

-The Papers of Sarah Coles Stevenson, Associate Editor (Charlottesville: University of Virginia, Rotunda Press, forthcoming.)

-"Review: Arica L. Coleman, That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia, Blacks in the Diaspora Series. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014)," H-Net, Southern Association for Women Historicans, (January 2015.)

Selected Presentations

""The Time of Retribution": Rachel Jackson and Native American Warfare in Post-Revolutionary America," Society for the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference, London, UK, June 2016  

"Beyond the Battlefields and Surveying Lines: Women and the American Frontier, 1780s-1810s," Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton Virginia, April 2016

"Elizabeth Ellet and Writing Women into Tennessee's Frontier Warfare, 1780s-18560s," Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Conference, Chicago, IL, June 2015

"Refining Rachel Jackson: Memory and Cultural Divide in 1925 Nashville, TN," Southern American Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2015

"Andrew Jackson and the Myth of the Common Man," Lecture, University of Virginia, November 2014 

“Rachel Jackson,” Tennessee Historical Society, Nashville, TN, August 2014  

“Rachel Jackson’s Violent World,” Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY, August 2013  

Respondent to “The United States of Africa”: Liberian Independence and the Contested Meaning of a Black Republic,” History Talks at McGill University, Montreal, QC, November 2011  


University of Virginia (graduate teaching assistant): American History to 1865; 20th Century War and Society   

McGill University (graduate teaching assistant): American History to 1865; American History after 1865

Selected Employment 

Research Intern and Digital Content Editor, BackStory with the American History Guys, September 2015-present 

Associate Editor, The Papers of Sarah Coles Stevenson, Founding Women Series, University of Virginia, Rotunda Press

Digital Humanities Skills


Documentary Editing

Textual Analysis

Social Media  

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