Janet L. Coryell

Janet L. Coryell

Janet L. Coryell

Janet Coryell
Dr. Janet L. Coryell
Ph.D., College of William and Mary (1986)
Women's History; Antebellum U.S.; Biography; Editing

Office: (269) 387-4641

4313 Friedmann Hall

Mailing Address
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5334


I teach a variety of courses in U.S. women's history, in the antebellum and Civil War eras, and I train students in documentary editing. In the past, I have offered graduate readings courses in 19th-century political culture and American biography. I also offer my survey classes in U.S. women’s history and American history online.


My ongoing research concerns nineteenth-century women and their concepts of individuality. Most of my work in this area revolves around the study of "women politicos" who were women involved in partisan politics in the 19th century, but who were not necessarily interesting in pursuing the vote for women. In addition to this work I am collaborating with Dr. Nora Faires of our Department of History on a textbook in U.S. women's history for McGraw-Hill. I have several editing projects ongoing: "Letters from the Heartland: A Memoir," is a collection of letters between a mother and daughter written between 1926 and 1956. The daughter, a farm wife in Depression-era Oklahoma, provides a detailed portrait and reminiscence of family life in that often desolate setting. Another set of letters, written between 1834 and 1880, is the correspondence of the women of the Howe/Dupuy family of New England and Virginia and reflects their wide-ranging interests in everything from politics to abolition to education to child-care.

Selected Publications

Neither Heroine Nor Fool: Anna Ella Carroll of Maryland; "Superseding Gender: The role of the Woman Politico in Antebellum Partisan Politics," appeared in Women and the Unstable State in Nineteenth-Century America (Texas A&M Press, 2000);coeditor, A Surgeon's Civil War: The Civil War Letters and Diary of Dr. Daniel M. Holt; coeditor, Beyond Image and Convention: Explorations in Southern Women's History; co-editor, Adeline and Julia: Diaries from 19th Century America and co-editor, Negotiating the Boundaries of Southern Womanhood: Dealing with the Powers that Be. I have also published articles in Civil War History and numerous encyclopedia contributions in civil war history and women's biography.


Department of History
4301 Friedmann Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
(269) 387-4650 | (269) 387-4651 Fax