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Ann Schofield

Interim Associate Dean:
Humanities, CLA&S

Ph.D., the State University of New York at Binghamton, 1980

200 Strong Hall and 325 Blake Hall
785.864.2304
schofield@ku.edu

Research Area
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.

Teaching Area
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.



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