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Dr. Felicity M. Turner

Associate Professor of History (2013)
BA (Hons), Monash University (1996); MA, La Trobe University (2002); PhD, Duke University (2010).

Teaching and Research Interests: Legal history; history of medicine; women, gender, and sexuality; law and society; nineteenth-century US history.

Contact Information:
Department of History
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997

Office: Hawes 105B

Selected Publications:

Proving Pregnancy: Gender, Law, and Medical Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2022)

“A Woman of ‘Weak Mind’: Gender, Race, and Mental Competency in the Reconstruction era” in Adam Domby & Simon Lewis (eds.) Freedoms Gained and Lost: Reconstruction and its Meanings 150 Years Later (New York: Fordham University Press, 2022): 121–42.

The Contradictions of Reform: Prosecuting Infant Murder in the Nineteenth-Century U.S.” Law and History Review 39:2 (May 2021): 277-297

“Rights and the Ambiguities of the Law: Infanticide in the Nineteenth-Century U.S. South,” Journal of the Civil War Era 4:3 (September 2014): 350-372.

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • 2019-2023 Principal Investigator, “The Liberal Arts in the Professions: Narrative Competency in Nursing,” Teagle Foundation, New York 
  • 2022 College of Arts and Humanities Award of Excellence in recognition of accomplishments in teaching, scholarship & service over the past decade, Georgia Southern University
  • 2015 Coordinating Council for Women in History Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Award for “Rights and the Ambiguities of the Law.”

Current Research:

  • “Legal History of Reconstruction in the South” edited by Andy Slap, Oxford Handbook of
    Reconstruction, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Last updated: 1/29/2024