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Elizabeth Eubanks

Doctoral Candidate


Elizabeth obtained her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from Union University in 2011. She briefly taught at the high school level before deciding to pursue a graduate education at the University of Tennessee. Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Magra, her dissertation, tentatively titled "Benevolent Patriarchs: Gender and Charity in Colonial South Carolina," focuses on the performance of gender norms in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Claiming status as a gentleman or lady required particular performances of gender norms and fulfilling certain expectations. Receiving the proper education, attending the right religious meetings, achieving marital status, gaining economic wealth, and exhibiting certain character qualities helped men and women display their membership in respectable society. Elizabeth focuses on benevolent societies in colonial Charleston as an example of gendered performance. Because of its prominence as a major hub of trade and proximity to rice and indigo plantations, a number of wealthy families called Charleston home. In addition to its wealthy residents, Charleston housed an incredible number of poor residents. An examination of Charleston highlights the need for benevolence and the ways the men and women extended benevolence. Through the specific example of gendered benevolence in Charleston, larger themes about the performance of gender norms throughout the Atlantic World can be investigated.

While at UT, Elizabeth has served as a Teaching Assistant for a number of classes including, World History to 1400,  World History since 1400, Western Civilization since 1715, United States history to 1877, United States History since 1877, US Constitutional History since 1877, Witchcraft and Magic in the Atlantic World, and Telling Stories in Early Global America. 

Research Interests

Atlantic World, gender history,  history of benevolence,
cultural and social history


Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee, 2017

B.A. History and Political Science, Union University, 2011

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