College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History


Dr. Emily Arendt Dr Emily Arendt



  • Doctor of Philosophy in History, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2014
  • Master of Arts in History, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wyoming, Laramie, 2007

Areas of Specialization

Early America; Atlantic World; The American Revolution; The Early American Republic; Political Culture; Women’s History; Gender and Sexuality; Food History



Emily Arendt was born in Pennsylvania but spent much of her young adult life in Wyoming.  It was at the University of Wyoming that she developed her passion for the past and an abiding interest in early American history.  After completing her BA and MA at the University of Wyoming, she entered the doctoral program at The Ohio State University, specializing in Early American history, the Atlantic World, and the history of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  She has been an assistant professor at Montana State University Billings since 2014.  Her current research projects include a history of fashion and political economy in the 1820s and a history of food in the second party system.


Teaching interests

Early American History; the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

    • Courses Taught
      • HSTA 101: Early America
      • HSTA 102: Modern America
      • HSTA 200: Historian as Detective
      • HSTA 313: Colonial and Revolutionary America
      • HSTA 315: The Early American Republic
      • HSTA 316: The Civil War Era
      • HSTA 408: Gender in America
      • HSTA 499: Senior Capstone

Current Research Projects

  • "Sacrifices to Vanity": Women, Fashion, and the Politics of Domestic Manufactures 
  • Making Politics Palatable: Food and Partisanship in the Early American Republic
  • Sacagawea: Mythology and American History

Select Publications

    • “Election Confections: Harrison Cake and Other Historical Political Treats,” post for the New York Public Library Blog, (June 2016), online at
    • “‘Ladies Going About for Money’: Female Voluntary Associations and Civic Consciousness in the American Revolution,” Journal of the Early Republic (Summer 2014)
    • Online Critical Edition, Selected Entries from the Lucius Clark Smith Diaries, 1 August 1862 to 31 December 1862, edited with W. Michael Broughton, Amber Camus, Torsa Ghosal, Mathew Poland, and H. Lewis Ulman, 2012
    •  “The Wyoming Experiment and the Case for Practical Propaganda,” Annals of Wyoming: The Wyoming History Journal, Winter 2009

Find her full cv here.