Women, gender, and sexuality; religion and American culture; US Catholicism; public history
Monica L. Mercado researches nineteen- and twentieth- century US women's history and the impact of religion on American culture. Her dissertation examines Catholic publishing and women's reading practices after the Civil War, using books and reading to demonstrate the ways in which gender, cultural and devotional life, and class mobility were inextricably linked for American Catholics by the turn of the century. During the 2013–2014 academic year, she was a Junior Fellow of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School and a project coordinator at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, where she directs the public history project Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBT Life at the University of Chicago. Over the past several years, she has taught courses in US history and gender studies at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a MA from the University of Chicago.
"'Have You Ever Read?' Imagining Women, Bibles, and Religious Print in Nineteenth-Century America,” U.S. Catholic Historian (forthcoming, Summer 2014).
'On Equal Terms'—Educating Women at the University of Chicago with Katherine Turk (Chicago: University of Chicago Library, 2009).