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Marcela MicucciEducation:
M.A. History, Binghamton University, 2012
B.S., SUNY Oneonta, 2010

U.S. History, specializing in nineteenth-century women and gender


Marcela Micucci

Advisor: Professor Diane Miller Sommerville

I am currently in my fifth year of the graduate program here at Binghamton University. I received my Bachelors in History from SUNY Oneonta in 2010 where I also minored in Women and Gender Studies. I am currently writing my dissertation, which explores the problem of unwanted pregnancy in antebellum New York City. In particular, I focus on the criminal options available to working-class women, namely abortion, infant abandonment and infanticide. Taken together, the experiences of women who chose to kill or abandon their infants and the social reactions to these women and their crimes reflect larger trends in the antebellum north regarding the legal system, commercialization, and the class, gender and power relations that governed nineteenth-century life. Importantly, we can use abortion, infant abandonment and infanticide as a vehicle for studying and understanding antebellum women, culture, law, society, reform, and the working class.


"Did All These Children Die a Natural Death?": Abortion, Infant Abandonment and Infanticide in Antebellum New York City


Hist. 380K, U.S. Women's History to 1874 (Summer, 2014)


Social Science History Association Conference Presenter, Fall 2013
Graduate Research Conference, SUNY Brockport Presenter, Spring 2013

Grants and Fellowships:

Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2014-1015
Wheeler/Neiman Research Grant, 2013
Joan S. Dubofsky Research Grant, 2013

Last Updated: 8/12/16