Faculty & Staff

Erica Hayden

  • Associate Professor, History
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Department
  • B.A., Juniata College
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

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  • Office: 615-248-1724

Erica, associate professor of history, is originally from Pennsylvania and completed her Ph.D. in history at Vanderbilt University in 2013. Her dissertation examined the experiences of female criminals in their communities, in the state court system and as inmates in Pennsylvania's county jails and state penitentiaries during the nineteenth century. Her research interests focus on nineteenth-century United States social history, specifically reform movements, women's history, the history of crime and punishment and the experiences of the marginalized in United States history. Her book, Troublesome Women: Gender, Crime, and Punishment in Antebellum Pennsylvania, has been published by The Pennsylvania State University Press in 2019.  She is also co-editor of Incarcerated Women: A History of Struggle, Oppression, and Resistance in American Prisons. Erica often publishes book reviews and gives conference presentations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.