Department of History



Elizabeth Kelly Gray

Associate Professor of History and Assistant Chair

PhD College of William and Mary, 2002


Office:   LA 4210 G
Phone:   410-704-2917
Fax:   410-704-5595


Elizabeth Gray earned her PhD from the College of William and Mary in 2002 for her dissertation, “American Attitudes Toward British Imperialism, 1815–1860.” She is currently writing a book-length study of drug addiction in early America. Her research interests are American history in an international context in the early national and antebellum eras, focusing on cultural history, and diplomatic history, with particular interest in the history of addiction and American foreign relations, broadly defined.

Selected Publications

  • “The World by Gaslight: Urban-gothic Literature and Moral Reform in New York City,
    1845–1860.” American Nineteenth-Century History, 10, no. 2 (June 2009).
  • “‘Whisper to him the Word 'India': Trans-Atlantic Critics and American Slavery,
    The Journal of the Early Republic 28 (Fall 2008).
  • “The Trade-Off: Chinese Opium Traders and Antebellum Reform in the United States, 1815–1860.” In Drugs and Empires: Essays in Modern Imperialism and Intoxication, c. 1500–c. 1930, James H. Mills and Patricia Barton, eds. (Palgrave, 2007).

Recent Book Reviews

Recent Conferences Papers

  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2010
    Presented “Habitual Opium Use and Secrecy in Early-Republic America”
  • History of Women’s Health Conference, Pennsylvania Hospital, 2010
    Presented “American Women and Opiate Addiction, 1776–1914”
  • Les effets de l'abolition de la traite par la Grande-Bretagne sur les discours nationaux, Paris, France, June 2009. Presented “‘Whisper to him the word ‘India’’: Trans-Atlantic Critics and American Slavery, 1830–1860”
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2008
    Presented “American Opiate Addiction in a Global Context, 1800–1860"
  • American Association for Chinese Studies, 2007
    Presented “Chinese Opiate Addiction and American Perceptions, 1815–1860”
  • Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2007
    Presented “Asiatic Cholera and Peruvian Bark: American Physicians and the World, 1800–1840”







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