Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Gail Savage
Professor of History

Photo of Gail Savage

Departments: History
Office: Kent Hall, Room 326
Phone: (240) 895-4392


Dr. Gail Savage just led her Fall 2011 HIST 328 (British History to 1688) class on a one day trip to Washington, D.C. to Visit the Folger Shakespeare Museum.

She published her most recent journal article, "They Would if They Could: Class, Gender and Popular Representation of English Divorce Litigation, 1858-1908," in the Journal of Family History, April 2011.

Dr. Savage's most recent conference presentations include:

  • "Domestic Unhappiness; Global Possibilities: Marriage and Divorce on the Imperial Stage, 1858-1908," at the British Scholars Conference in Austin, Texas during Spring 2011.
  • "Paternal Oversight: Child Custody and Divorce in the Nineteenth Century," at the North American Conference on British Studies in Baltimore, MD, in November 2010.
  • "The De-regulation and Re-regulation of Marriage: The Impact of the Second World War on Divorce and Marriage in England," at the American Society for Legal History in Dallas, Texas, in November 2009.
  • "Caroline Norton: Victorian Feminism, Constructing the Feminist Past, and the Problematic Foremother," at the joint meeting of the American Victorian Studies Association and the British Victorian Studies Associations at Cambridge, UK, in the summer of 2009.

Dr. Savage was also invited to give the plenary talk, "Major Seton, in the Dining Room, with a Pistol: Adultery, Murder and Divorce in Post World War I England," at the Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies in April 2009. 


Savage has published widely on the history of  social policy.  Her book, The Social Construction of Expertise: The English Civil Service and its Influence, 1919-1939 (1996), examined the role of the civil service in the development of social policy. Her work currently focuses on issues of divorce, marriage and domestic abuse during the nineteenth and twentieth century.  In the 2000-2001 academic year, a Post-Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the American Association of University Women supported the research for her book on the history of divorce, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Divorce and Divorce Law Reform in England, 1857-1937." On sabbatical for the 2007-2008, Professor Savage had an appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the History Department of Oxford Brookes University to complete this project.

In Fall 2009, Savage began a five-year appointment as co-editor of book reviews for the Journal of British Studies.  (

Her recent publications include:

"...the instrument of an animal function:" Marital Rape and Sexual Cruelty in the Divorce Court, 1858-1908" in Politics of Domestic Authority, (ed) Lucy Delap, September 2009 (link)

"More than One Mrs. Mir Anwaruddin:  Islamic Law and Christian Marriage in Early Twentieth Century London," Journal of British Studies, April 2008 (link)

 "'A State of Personal Danger': Domestic Violence in England, 1903-1922." In Assaulting the Past: Placing Violence in Historical Context, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007 (link)

Spring 2013 Courses

  • HIST 276: Twentieth Century World
  • HIST 321: History of Ireland
  • HIST 475: Topics: Modern Imperialism

Courses Taught

  • HIST 105: Western Civilization syllabus
  • HIST 276: Twentieth Century World syllabus
  • HIST 321: History of Ireland syllabus
  • HIST 328: British History to 1688 syllabus
  • HIST 329: British History Since 1688 syllabus
  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of History syllabus
  • HIST 432: History of Medicine syllabus
  • HIST 435: Topics in European History:  World War I syllabus
  • HIST 475: Topics in Comparative, Thematic, and Global History: Modern Imperialism syllabus
  • CORE 101: Winston Churchill and the 20th Century World
  • NITZ 180: Winston Churchill and the Twentieth Century World syllabus

For Students

St. Mary's Projects Directed (link)

Undergraduate essay prize in British History (link)

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