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Dallett Hemphill

Dallett Hemphill loves talking to students about the past–as a way to understand the present and gain wisdom for the future. She grew up in Philadelphia and received her B.A. from Princeton and her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brandeis University. She teaches courses on colonial, Revolutionary, and Civil War America, women’s and family history, and the history of Philadelphia.

Hemphill is also a Senior Research Associate at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the editor of Early American Studies. She has written two books: Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860 (Oxford, 1999), and Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History (Oxford, 2011), in addition to articles and reviews. She has received research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies and has taught an NEH seminar on using Philadelphia to teach American history. She has presented her work at professional conferences in the U.S. and the U.K. and was a Commonwealth Speaker on Early American family life for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.




  • A.B., Princeton University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University


  • Deceased

Years of Service to Ursinus