Felicity Turner's research uses narratives of infanticide as recorded in newspapers, inquests, and court cases to trace changes in conceptions of gender, race, and the human body in the nineteenth-century United States. During her tenure as a Jerome Hall fellow, she will continue work on her manuscript-in-progress, "Narratives of Infanticide: Mothers, Murder, and the State in Nineteenth-Century America." Felicity's dissertation, upon which the manuscript is based, received an Honorable Mention from the Law and Society Association Dissertation Prize Committee in June 2011.
Turner received her PhD in history from Duke University in 2010. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Newberry Library, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, and an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association. During 2010-2011, Felicity was a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she was the Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In June 2011, Felicity also participated in the 2011 Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, a biennial event hosted by the Institute for Legal Studies at the UW Law School and cosponsored by the American Society for Legal History.