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Hannah Hicks

Hannah Hicks is a third-year graduate student in nineteenth-century American history with a focus on gender, medicine, and law.  Her dissertation examines the trials and commentary surrounding Southern women who were tried for violent crimes between the Civil War and the turn of the century.  Drawing on court records, newspapers, and medical sources, this project explores the ways in which courtroom, public, and professional debates about the culpability, agency, and mental capacity of these apparently marginal women formed a crucial part of larger conversations about women’s rights and capabilities, racial and gender hierarchies, and crime during the second half of the nineteenth century.  She is studying with Professors Kimberly Welch and Arleen Tuchman.