Ann M. Little

Contact Information

Phone: 970.491.3112


Twitter: Historiann


Office: Clark B-341

Office Hours: Spring 2016: Mondays 9:30-11 and by appointment

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Professor

  • Early North America; women's and gender history; history of sexuality; religious history; history of the body


Specializing in the history of women, gender, and sexuality along with Professors Alexander Hindmarch-Watson, Jones, and PayneAnn M. Little is the author of Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press 2007), and of The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale University Press, forthcoming 2016).  Abraham in Arms 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).  In addition to her purely scholarly work, Little blogs about history feminism and the academic life at Historiann. You can find her on Twitter at @Historiann.  

In academic year 2014-15 she was 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.  Esther Wheelwright 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 Qubec. 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.

Professor Little will be a scholar-in-residence in February 2016 at Lehigh University's Humanities Center and the Laurence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, where she'll give a talk on "The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright:  Communities of Women in the Northeastern Borderlands."

Professor Little appeared on the TLC show Who Do You Think You Are on Sunday night, August 30, 2015 with Tom Bergeron to help him understand more about his French Canadian roots.  You can also 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.


A.B. Bryn Mawr College; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania


HIST 340: Colonial North America

HIST 358: American Women’s History to 1800