Lesley Lynne Chapel

Lesley Lynne Chapel

PhD Student
Rumble Fellow


Lesley Lynne Chapel



Lesley is passionate about all types of American history, but her research interests center on women during the American Revolution and Early Republic era. She credits her experiences working closely with several talented professors at Oakland University for cultivating her devotion to the discipline. While earning her Master's degree from OU, she specialized in Early America and Cold War America.

Outside of academia, Lesley was an ice dancer for 23 years, during which time she reached the levels of Gold and International. Both of her coaches were students of Ludmila Pakhomova, who, with her partner Alexander Gorshkov, was the first Olympic Champion in ice dancing. A desire to pay homage to the late Pakhomova was one of the driving forces behind Lesley's passion for ice dancing. She also served as a United States Figure Skating Association judge for 15 years.   

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  American Revolution/Early American Republic
  •  Women's History
  •  History of Emotions
  •  History of Identity/Southern Identity
  •  Queer History


My research focuses on the ways in which women emotionally experienced the American Revolution, and how their affective exchanges with each other and with their spouses shaped how they negotiated a changing sense of identity in the Early American Republic. 


  • M.A., History, Oakland University, 2011
  • B.A., History, Oakland University, 2005

Awards and grants

  • Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship
  •  Joe L. Norris Endowed Award, 2022