St. Kate’s history professor receives national award for biography

Portrait of Jane Carroll

Photo by Rebecca Slater '10 / By Rebecca Studios.

Jane Lamm Carroll, PhD, professor of history and women's studies, recently won a 2022 Leadership in History Publication Award granted by the American Association for State and Local History. This esteemed distinction is awarded every two years to a book published by any state or local historical society. “I was thrilled to win the Leadership in History award,” says Carroll. “It is a fantastic honor that Daybreak Woman was selected, given the extent of the competition.” 

Daybreak Woman: an Anglo-Dakota Life paints a portrait of Anpao Hiyaye Win, or Daybreak Woman in the Dakota language. Also known as Jane Anderson Robertson, she was a woman of British and Dakota descent who lived through the 19th century in the midst of seismic changes. Although she thrived in the multiethnic society for the first half of the century, Daybreak Woman's way of life was destroyed when the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 forced the Dakota people into exile. Carroll follows Daybreak Woman throughout her 92 years living in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada, and South Dakota.

Carroll describes her intent with the book as a way to frame Daybreak Woman’s life “as a window into the broader history of the region over her lifetime,” says Carroll, “to place Dakota and Euro-Dakota people firmly at the center of 19th century Minnesota history in all their diversity, and not only in the period leading up to and including the U.S.-Dakota War, but also the decades after the war.”

The biography navigates this history through an intersectional perspective, as Carroll aims to “write a more inclusive history, one that recognizes the cultural complexity of the American past as well as all kinds of diversity.” Caroll continues, “In addition, I am a feminist historian who teaches women’s history, examines the past through lens of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, etc., so I see this as a contribution to the historiography of women’s history.”

In addition to teaching history courses in the fall, Caroll is also writing a biography of Irish immigrant Ellen Ireland, who later became Mother Seraphine Ireland, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet from the early 1880s to 1921 as well as a founder of the College of St. Catherine.