Nora Doyle

Assistant Professor of History, Chair of the Department of History and Political Science
Main Hall 224
Dr. Doyle came to Salem College in 2014. A native of Iowa, she received her B.A. from Grinnell College, spent a year working in France, and then came to North Carolina to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Doyle’s teaching and research interests focus on the history of early America and the history of women, gender, and race in American society and culture. She also teaches a course in public history, which she enjoys because it gives her the chance to connect with historians in the community and help students identify future career opportunities through their service learning experiences with local history organizations. Dr. Doyle’s first book, Maternal Bodies: Redefining Motherhood in Early America (UNC Press, 2018), explores women’s experiences of motherhood and cultural representations of motherhood between the 1750s and 1850s. She has also published scholarly articles in the Journal of American History and Feminist Studies.
  • BA, Grinnell College; MA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doctoral Thesis:

Bodies at Odds: The Maternal Body as Lived Experience and Cultural Expression in America, 1750-1850

Research Interests:

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American social and cultural history, American women’s history, the history of sexuality, and medical history.

Personal Interests:
Horseback riding, dance, music