American Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality
Ph.D., the State University of New York at Binghamton, 1980
213D Bailey Hall
Historical analysis of gender and class, focusing on U.S. working class women in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries; American culture and respectability.
U.S. Women’s History, History Through Biography, Understanding American.
My research focuses on U.S. women’s history and I have recently published “to do and to be:” Portraits of Four Women Activists, a collective biography of women activists in labor reform. I have also written on gender and the U.S. labor press, the language of protest in a Kansas mining community, and on the real and fictional Lizzie Borden. Some examples of this work include: Sealskin and Shoddy: Women in American Labor Press Fiction; “The Uprising of the 20,000: The Making of a Labor Legend;” “An Army of Amazons: The Language of Protest in a Kansas Mining Community;” and, “Constructing Lizzie Borden: Representations of an American Crime.” I am presently researching the shifting cultural meanings of respectability in turn-of-the-century American. I have spent two sabbatical years affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University and was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Research Center, Bellagio, Italy.
My primary teaching within Women’s Studies is in U.S. Women’s History -a two semester course for undergraduates and a two semester sequence for graduate students which enrolls graduate students primarily in American Studies and History. I have also taught U.S. History through Biography, Understanding America and, on the graduate level, the Proseminar in American Studies. Additionally I have taught at the University of Paris XII as part of a KU faculty exchange, and I have lectured in China, Australia, Great Britain and France.