State University of New York Distinguished Professor
Co-director, Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender
Ph.D., Columbia University
U.S. labor and social history
Office: LT 810
Phone: (607) 777-2854
I am a U.S. Social Historian with an interest in gender, race and ethnicity, and class in the working-class experience. My research has focused on both the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century New England and deindustrialization in the Middle Atlantic region in the twentieth century. I employ quantitative evidence in my research and the Worldwide Web in my teaching.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
Recent or current graduate courses:
- US Immigration and Ethnicity
- Gender and Working Class History
- Quantitative Methods for Historians
- World Migrations
- Women and Power in American History, (Prentice-Hall, 2008, third edition) co-edited with Kathryn Kish Sklar. Earlier editions, 1991, 2002.
- The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century. Co-author with Walter Licht (Cornell University Press, 2005).
- Co-Winner of 2006 Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians.
- Winner of the 2006 Philip S. Klein Award of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.
- When the Mines Closed: Stories of Struggles in Hard Times (Cornell University Press, 1998). Edited oral history narratives and photographs from the anthracite region of Pennsylvania.
- Becoming American, Becoming Ethnic: College Students Explore Their Roots (Temple University Press, 1996). Edited collection of undergraduates' writing on their own ethnicity.
- Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution (Cornell University Press, 1994; ppbk. ed., 1995). A New York Times "Notable Book of the Year, 1994."
- Immigrant Voices: New Lives in America, 1773-1986 (University of Illinois Press, 1993). Edited collection of immigrant letters, diaries, and reminiscences.
- Farm to Factory: Women's Letters, 1830-1860 (Columbia University Press, 1981; second ed., 1993).
- Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 (Columbia University Press, 1979; second ed., 1994).
- “The New Labor History, the New Media, and New Challenges,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 7:2 (May 2010), 83-96.
- How Did Elisabeth Freeman's Publicity Skills Promote Woman Suffrage, Antilynching, and the Peace Movement, 1909-1919?” two parts, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, 12:2 (July 2008) at http://asp6new.alexanderstreet.com/wam2.
- "Gender and Economic Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region, 1920 - 1970," pp. 329-40 in Jean R. Soderland and Catherine S. Parzynski, eds. Backcountry Crucibles: The Lehigh Valley from Settlement to Steel (Bethlehem, Penn.: Lehigh University Press, 2008), co-authored with Walter Licht.
- "Launching a New Journal: Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000," Women's History Review 17:1 (February 2008): 95-101. Co-authored with K. K. Sklar.
- History 264, "Immigration and Ethnicity in U.S. History": http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~hist264a
- "Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000": http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/
- “Women and Social Movements, International—1840 to Present”: description of this subscription site found at http://womhist.alexanderstreet.com/WASMINTERNATIONAL.html
Honors and Awards
- Dean's Distinguished Lecturer, Binghamton University, October 2007
- Visiting Scholar, Institute for Women's Studies, Tokyo Woman's Christian University, June 2007
- Elected to membership, American Antiquarian Society, 2006
- Co-Winner of Merle Curti Award, 2006
- Winner of Philip S. Klein Award, 2006
- Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2006
- Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, 2005-2006
- Guggenheim Fellowship, 2000
- Residential Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at Yale, 2000-2001
- Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000
- Society of American Historians, 1992
- Bancroft Prize for Women at Work, 1980
- Merle Curti Award for Women at Work, 1980
Recent Grants and Fellowships
- Department of Education Grants, "Teaching American History," 2001-2004, 2004-2007, 2007-2010.
- N.E.H. Education Demonstration Project, "Women and Social Movements in the United States: Expanding Resources on the Worldwide Web," 2001-2004 (co-director with K. K. Sklar).
- N.E.H. Teaching with Technology Grant, "Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1830-1930," 1998-2000 (co-director with K. K. Sklar)
- N.E.H. Humanities Focus Grant, "U.S. Women's History, 1880-1930, World Wide Web Database," 1997-1998 (co-director with K. K. Sklar)
Recent Professional Activities
- Chair, Dunning Prize Committee, AHA, 2009
- Member, Editorial Board, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 2008-2010
- Judge, Theodore Saloutos Prize, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2006-2008
- Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession, Organization of American Historians, 2005-2009