Fields of Study
Early American History to 1820; Gender, Social, and Demographic History; Swedish / European History, 1500-1900
"Overcoming Nausea: The Brothers Hesselius and the Great American Mystery," in English Atlantics Revisited, ed. Nancy L. Rhoden. London: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007.
The Commonplace Book of William Byrd II of Westover edited with Kevin Berland. Chapel Hill, 2000.
On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage: The Commonplace Books of William Byrd and Thomas Jefferson and the Gendering of Power in the Eighteenth Century. New York University Press, 1992.
Family Patterns in Nineteent Century Sweden: Variation in Time and Space with Bobbi S. Low and Alice L. Clarke. Umea, Sweden: Demographic Database, 1992.
The Diary and Life of William Byrd II of Virginia, 1674-1744: Personality and Culture in a Silent Land. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983.
The Fertility Transition in Sweden: The Evidence of Small Geographic Units, 1805-1890. Umea, Sweden: Demographic Database, 1983.
Settlement and Unsettlement in Early America. Cambridge University Press, 1981.
Literacy in Colonial New England: A Study of the Social Context of Literacy in the Pre-Modern West. New York: Norton, 1974.
A New England Town: The First Hundred Years. New York: Norton, 1970. Chosen one of the ten "significant books in American history, 1969-1974" in a poll of the profession printed in The American Scholar, Summer 1975. Expanded edition with retrospective essay, 1985.