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Carole Shammas

Professor Emerita and John R. Hubbard Chair Emerita in History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1657
Office: SOS 153

Curriculum Vitae
Course Information


Ph.D. History, John Hopkins University, 1/1971
M.A. History, University of Southern California, 1/1967
B.A. History, University of Southern California, 1/1964

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Carole Shammas specializes in the socio-economic history of Britain and English-speaking North America prior to the mid-nineteenth century. In articles and books on inheritance, consumption, household government, and the built environment she has explored how households and the behavior of their members affect the economy and politics. Most recently, she has embarked on a study of information revolutions over time from the printing press and the acquisition of literacy and numeracy to the current digital transformation of communication.

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

American Origins Seminar, USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Convener,



Mancke, E., Shammas, C. (2005). ed. The Creation of the British Atlantic World. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Shammas, C. (2002). A History of Household Government in America. University of Virginia Press.
Shammas, C. (1990). The PreIndustrial Consumer in England and America. Oxford, reprint Figueroa Press: Oxford University Press.
Shammas, C., Salmon, M., Dahlin, M. (1987). Inheritance in America: Colonial Times to the Present. Rutgers.

Book Chapter

Shammas, C. (2012). Investing in the Early Modern Built Enviorment. Brill.

Journal Article

Shammas, C. (2007). The Housing Stock of the Early United States:Refinement Meets Migration. William and Mary Quarterly. Vol. 3d ser. 64 ( July 2007) (3), pp. 549-590.

Honors and Awards

Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, 2008-  
Chair of Council, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, 1996-1998  
Allan Sharlin Book Award, Social Science History Assn., 1988  

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Chair, William and Mary Quarterly, 1995-1996  
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Economic History, 1993-1996  
Editorial Board Member, American Historical Review, 1991-1994  
Editorial Board Member, Historical Methods, 1987-1989  

Professional Offices

Board of Overseers, Huntington Library, 2007-  
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