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Department of History
University of Mississippi

Sheila L. Skemp

Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History

Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11-12
Bishop Hall 323
(662) 915-5868

Ph.D., University of Iowa

Teaching and Research Interests
Colonial and Revolutionary America, Intellectual, Women

Sheila Skemp received her B.A. in History from the University of Montana in 1967, and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Iowa in 1974. After having taught at a number of colleges and universities in the Midwest and the Northeast, she came to the University of Mississippi in 1980. She served for two years as Acting Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women. Her book-length publications include, William Franklin: Son of a Patriot, Servant of a King (Oxford, 1990); Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist (Bedford, 1994): Judith Sargent Murray: A Brief Biography with Documents (Bedford, 1998); and First Lady of Letters: Judith Sargent Murray and the Struggle for Women’s Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). In 2009, Professor Skemp received the University’s Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research. She has been the Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History since 2008. She has also been designated an OAH Distinguished Lecturer for the academic years 2010-2013.