Caylin Carbonell

Ph.D. Student (ABD)

Advisor: Karin Wulf
Current Research: Early America; Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Caylin Carbonell is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in early American history under the direction of Karin Wulf. Her research interests include gender, family, and legal history in the colonial British Atlantic. Her dissertation looks at women's everyday household authority in colonial New England. Drawing from legal and town records as well as personal and family papers, her dissertation will evaluate women's vertical and horizontal relationships with other members of their households, as well as their involvement in the daily operation of their homes. By interrogating women's participation in household affairs, she seeks to show that women, even as dependents, maintained fluid positions of authority within their households and communities. 

Prior to her doctoral work, Caylin graduated summa cum laude from Bates College in 2012. While at Bates, she wrote a senior honors thesis that focused on gender in seventeenth-century Virginia. Caylin received her Master of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 2015. Her master's thesis, titled "In noe wise cruelly whipped: Indentured Servitude, Household Violence, and the Law in Seventeenth-Century Virginia," explores how early Virginians narrated their experiences with violence and authority. In a close examination of court records from Virginia's Eastern Shore, Caylin argued that servant bodies and the sites where servants faced violence served as crucial evidence in determining the legitimacy of violence, as correction or abuse.