Holly Mayer

Holly Mayer

Professor Emerita
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

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Ph.D., History, College of William and Mary
Academic Biography

Holly A. Mayer is an historian of early America. She taught at Duquesne for decades enlightened by many super students and colleagues. Her positions included History Department chair between 2007 and 2013 and Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Mayer was also the visiting Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in 2016-2017.

She continues to be actively engaged with history as a researcher, editor, and author. Her primary interests include the social, cultural, and military historiies of late eighteenth-century North America.


Dr. Mayer is currently compiling and editing a collection of essays by academic and public historians that address women waging war during the American Revolution. The manuscript, Congress's Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union, is under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press. Research for the study has been supported by fellowships at the David Library, Society of Cincinnati, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at Colonial Williamsburg, the Fred W. Smith Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.

Her publications include:


Congress's Own: A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming April 2021. https://www.oupress.com/books/16281374/congresss-own

For the Record: A Documentary History of America. 2 vols. Co-edited with David E. Shi. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1999; revised editions; 7th ed. 2019.

Belonging to the Army: Camp Followers and Community during the American Revolution. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. Paper ed., 1999.


"Soldiering, but not Soldiers." Trend & Tradition (The Magazine of Colonial Williamsburg), vol. 1, no. 4 (Autumn 2016): 100-6.

"Religious Freedom in the Ranks." Mount Vernon magazine. (Spring 2016): 42-43.

"Canada, Congress, and the Continental Army: Strategic Accommodations, 1774-1776." Journal of Military History 78, no. 2 (April 2014): 503-35.

"Canada and the American Revolution." In Reflections, Museum of the American Revolution Center website (first published April 2012), 1750 words. [URL: https://www.amrevmuseum.org/updates/reflections/canada-and-american-revolution]

"Bearing Arms, Bearing Burdens: Women Warriors, Camp Followers, and Home-front Heroines of the American Revolution," in Gender, War, and Politics: Transatlantic Perspectives, 1775-1820, edited by Karen Hagemann, Gisela Mettele, & Jane Rendall. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010; paper, 2013. Pp. 169-187.

"Women and Wagoners: Camp Followers in the American War for Independence." History Now 21 (September 2009), 1974 words. History Now is the Gilder Lehrman Institute's quarterly online journal for history teachers and students.

"Wives, Concubines, and Community: Following the Army," in War and Society in the American Revolution, edited by John Resch and Walter Sargent. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2007. Pp. 235-62.

"From Forbes to Families: Following the Army into Western Pennsylvania, 1758-1766." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 130 (January 2006): 5-43.

"Food for Thought: Reflections on the Study of War." Pennsylvania Legacies (Historical Society of Pennsylvania) 5, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 36-37.

"Forging the Armor of Virtue." Pennsylvania Legacies (Historical Society of Pennsylvania) 2, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 13-17.

"Soldierly Subordination: The Issue of Deference in the Continental Army." In The Military and Society, edited by Peter Karsten. Vol. 2, The Training and Socializing of Military Personnel. New York: Garland Publishers, 1998. Pp 293-307.


Honors, scholarships, and grants awarded since 2000:
  • Harold Keith Johnson Chair of Military History, 2016-17, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

  • Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Short-term Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, 2016.

  • McAnulty College Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2015

  • The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, Short-Term Residential Fellowship, Mt. Vernon, VA, 2014-15

  • Gilder Lehrman Short-Term Residential Fellowship, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library and Colonial Williamsburg Research Division, Williamsburg, VA, 2014

  • NEH Endowment Grant for Research, McAnulty College & Graduate School, 2013

  • Society of the Cincinnati Scholars' Grant, The Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., 2013

  • NEH College Endowment Grant for Research, McAnulty College & Graduate School, Duquesne University, 2006

  • Wimmer Family Foundation Faculty Development Award, Duquesne University, 2004

  • David Library of the American Revolution one-month research fellowship, 2001-2002

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation One-Month Research Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002

  • Severino Russo Award, Duquesne University, 2001-2002