UC History Professor Erika Gasser was recently published in the volume The Devil in Society in Premodern Europe, edited by Richard Raiswell and Peter Dendle. Erika’s chapter “Samuel Harsnett, John Darrell, and the use of Gender as an English Possession Propaganda Strategy” will appear in this “big book about the devil,” which is not only an interesting take on society in pre-modern Europe, but a great gift for the upcoming holidays!


Professor Gasser’s research includes the history of gender in colonial New England, early modern England, and the Anglo-Atlantic. Her work focuses particularly on ideas of manhood in writings about witchcraft, demonic possession, and religion from the late sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Along with her recently published chapter, she is currently revising her book manuscript, Manhood, Witchcraft, and Possession in Old and New England, and developing courses such as “Conflict and Rebellion in Early America,” “Gender in Britain and North America, 1600-1850,” and “Methods and Sources in Native American History.”