Catherine Cangany

Catherine Cangany


Associate Professor; Concurrent Associate Professor of Law; Concurrent Associate Professor of American Studies

Graduate Program Field

United States History


Atlantic; Cultural; Early America; Economic; United States


Ph.D., Early American History, Atlantic Studies, University of Michigan
B.A., History, English and Classical Civilization, Indiana University

Research and Teaching Interests

Cangany studies the economies, cultures, and material cultures of the French and British Atlantic Worlds, focusing on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North American colonies.  Her first project, Frontier Seaport, charts colonial Detroit's transformation into an Atlantic entrepôt.   Her second project, a study of the underground economy, is entitled An Empire of Fakes: Counterfeit Goods in Eighteenth-Century America.

Cangany offers courses that focus on commerce, religion, and social and cultural practices in the North American colonies, including "Colonial America," "Atlantic Revolutions," "The Consumer Revolution," "Puritans in Popular Culture," "The City in Early America," and graduate seminars on American history before 1700.

Recent Publications

Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014)

“Fashioning Moccasins: Detroit, the Manufacturing Frontier, and the Empire of Consumption, 1701-1835,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series, 69, No. 2 (April 2012): 265-304.


Cangany has received fellowships from the ACLS, the John Carter Brown Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.  In 2010 she was named one of Irish Volleyball's "Professors of the Year."

Contact Information

Office: 472 Decio
Phone: 574-631-1737

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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