Caitlin Hartnett

Caitlin Hartnett

Caitlin Hartnett

Graduate Research Assistant

U.S. History: Gender and gender-non-conformity in the 18th century Atlantic world

Caitlin Hartnett is a PhD candidate studying American history, with a focus on gender and gender-non-conformity in the eighteenth century Atlantic world. As a historian, she dedicates her research to broadening and diversifying our understanding of gender in the past. Her dissertation, "Le Dragon de Vertu: The Chevalier(e) d’Eon and Trans Narratives in the Early Atlantic World," investigates the recurring language and narrative themes gender-non-conforming individuals in the eighteenth century British and French empires used to define themselves and their genders. Using the Chevalier d'Eon as a focal point alongside comparative cases, she argues that these narrative commonalities were not merely coincidental but rather came together to form a cultural vocabulary of gender-non-conformity.

Grants and Fellowships

Doctoral Research Scholar, 2021

Education

B.A. History and International Relations - College of William and Mary (2015)

Recent Presentations

"Warrior Women: The Chevalier d’Eon and Trans Narratives in the 18th Century Atlantic World." The Lie Became the Truth: Locating Trans Narratives in Queer History Panel, AskHistorians Digital Conference, October, 2021.

“Fops, Fribbles and Female Husbands: Gender Diversity in Early America.” Historic Londontown and Garden, Edgewater, Maryland, February 2020.