Office: Stokes S330-D
B. A., American University, 2015
Thesis: “The Role of Class in the Commutation of the Witchcraft Convictions of Pregnant Women in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1692"
FIELDS OF INTEREST:
Childhood and the experiences of children, early North America, class and socioeconomic status, gender, and community building
Hayley Margules is an early Americanist focusing on early British North American colonies. Her areas of interest are conceptions of childhood, the intersection of gender and class, and how those factors fit into how communities of colonizers essentialized their identities and decided who did not belong. In her undergraduate thesis, “The Role of Class in the Commutation of the Witchcraft Convictions of Pregnant Women in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1692," she studied pregnant women sentenced to execution for witchcraft in 1692 Salem, and found that pregnancy and childbearing saved women from execution if the woman had the financial resources to care for her baby without significant financial contribution from the community. She plans to continue and expand this research, and to study the experiences of children in Puritan communities while pursuing her Masters degree, her Ph.D., and as a working academic within the historical field.
Hayley is also a writer and historical consultant for Onyx Path Publishing.