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Duval lecture to bring USC history professor to NMSU

Carol Shammas, a history professor from the University of Southern California, will give the third Duval Lecture for fall 2004 titled "The Household's Civil War in the Era of Domestic Bliss" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Milton Hall Room 171 at New Mexico State University.

researches the socio-economic history of Britain and English-speaking North America before the mid-19th century. She uses quantitative and legal materials to research beyond transformation theories which assume a set causal order of institutional change.

Using grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Shammas has studied how households and the behavior of their members drive the economy and politics.

In her new book, "A History of Household Government in America," Shammas analyzes the changing nature of household government in America and the effects these changes had on the governmental system. The book analyzes why heads of households ultimately lost their power and considers factors previously ignored by other theorists, including weak lineage controls, testamentary freedom and the lack of an established church.

Shammas' publications include "Inheritance in America, Colonial Times to the Present," "The Preindustrial Consumer in England and America" and "Origins of Transatlantic Colonization in Blackwell Companion to Early American History."

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by NMSU, the Department of History, the Center for Latin American Studies and the Women's Studies Program.