Megan Armknecht

Alumni; Ph.D. 2023

Dissertation Title:
Diplomatic Households and the Foundations of U.S. Diplomacy, 1789–1870

I am a PhD candidate from Lindon, Utah. I study the intersections of gender and U.S. diplomacy in the long 19th century, and I am interested in questions of how gendered relationships and structure shaped U.S. diplomacy in the years before its professionalization. I am particularly interested in the ways households shaped and participated in early U.S. foreign relations.

In addition to diplomatic, political, and women's and gender history, my other interests include intellectual, religious, and public history. I have contributed to several public history projects, including Voices of Princeton, On the Nines, and the Mormon Women Project, and have held an internship with the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University, where I graduated with University Honors, and a Master of Studies in U.S. History with Distinction from Oxford University. My dissertation work has been supported by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Filson Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Prospective students should feel free to email me.

Photo credit: Erica Rascon

Degree Year
Year of Study
Area of Interest
Cultural History
Foreign Relations
Gender & Sexuality
Material Culture
Political History
Home Department & Other Affiliations
19th Century
United States