Dr Felicity Donohoe

  • Lecturer (History)

telephone: 0141 330 4368
email: Felicity.Donohoe@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Felicity Donohoe completed her PhD in Early American History at the University of Glasgow, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of St Andrews at the Centre for Amerindian Studies. She has taught at Glasgow University and Dundee University, and has held seminars at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Philadelphia, and the University of St Andrews.

Dr Donohoe’s current work builds upon her doctoral thesis, Dancing with Scalps: Native North American Women, White Men and Ritual Violence in the Eighteenth Century. Her thesis examined the relationship between American Indian women and colonising men, looking at the uses and purposes of violence within indigenous communities that challenged established European views on gender hierarchies, sexuality, authority, masculinity and femininity.

This research compared the experiences of the Southeastern Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Indians with the Northeastern Mi’kmaq peoples as they met the upheavals wrought by colonisation and warfare. It viewed this process through the eyes of women, and the research has now been extended to include further study of settlers, focusing on the differences between the French and British approaches to Indian-white contact. Other research continues to examine Native women’s expressions of authority and control, childrearing and adolescence, and the uses of civil and sacred powers from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.


Donohoe, F., ‘ “Decoying Them Within”: Creek Women, Identities and the Subversion of Civilisation’ in Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, (eds) Gregory D. Smithers & Brooke N. Newman (eds), (University of Nebraska, 2014).

Donohoe, F.,‘ “To Beget a Tame Breed of People”: Sex, Marriage, Adultery and Indigenous North American Women’ in The Journal of Early American Studies, January 2012.

Donohoe, F.,‘ “Hand him over to me and I shall know very well what to do with him”: The Gender Map and Ritual Native Female Violence in Early America’ in Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self Representation, (eds) C. Murray, H. van Koten, R Jones, and K Williams. (University of Dundee, 2009).


I am happy to supervise students in any of the following areas:

  • Early American and Colonial History
  • Indigenous studies
  • Gender, race and ethnicity
  • American history including Southern society
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century New France and Canada



  • Native American Worlds: from Early Contact to the Trail of Tears
  • From Pocahontas to Post-Feminism: Women in American History


  • Level 2, Society, Culture, Politics and Power in North America, from First Contact to the Present, contributing lectures


  • American Studies MLitt, Native American Identities

Additional Information

Fellowships have included:

  • Advisory Council Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
  • Fellow of the International Center for Jefferson Studies & University of Virginia
  • Phillips Fund Fellow, American Philosophical Society

Other awards include support from The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Dr Donohoe has previously edited Past Horizons archaeology magazine, and was editor of U.S. Studies Online, the postgraduate journal of the British Association for American Studies from 2008-2010. She is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists and has presented conference papers in the UK, USA and France.


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