Ph.D., History, UCLA, 1984
Transcribing Class and Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Courts and Offices
(University of Michigan Press, 2009) explores the interrelationships
between court reporters, business stenographers, and typewriter girls
in the nineteenth-century United States through the language of class
and gender. In an examination of changing discourse about male
and female office and court workers, Transcribing Class and Gender
investigates themes about marriage, beauty, fashion, degraded labor,
ambition, contradictions of respectability, and the language of
professionalism. The study also looks at relationships between
classes, the New Woman and the New Man, and unions and professional
organizations. Transcribing Class and Gender
reveals how these men and women blended elements of contemporary
notions of manhood and womanhood, but the balance changed between the
middle and end of the century. By 1900 the conversations about women
and men in offices and courts developed stock characters that would
continue to attract and plague office and court workers well into the
History articles and chapters in Journal of Family History, California Sociologist, and Korean Women in Transition, long encyclopedia entries on clerical women and working women.
Articles on teaching in Perspectives: On History, the History Teacher and elsewhere.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
another project that looks at class crossings and blurring as framed by
gender, I am currently working on a study of marriages between
“millionaires” and working-class women in the early
twentieth century. This study examines media characterizations as
well the marriages themselves.
TEACHING INTERESTS AND COURSES RECENTLY TAUGHT
a U.S. historian, I am interested in how the meanings of class and
gender have interrelated and changed in the past two hundred years.
Women and Womanhood (History 357, History 486)
Manhood (History 357 and grad classes)
Class and the Working Class (History 487: Working Peoples; History 483z:
History of Poverty and Anti-Poverty Movements)
Social and Cultural History (History 477)
Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century/Gilded and Progressive Eras
Consumerism (varied classes)
Historiography (History 388)
Capstone for History Majors with a Teaching Option (History 498)
Various other classes: History 450, 577, 571, 595, 202a, 202b
Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, American Historical Association, 2006.
California State University at Los Angeles Outstanding Professor, 1994-1995.
CURRENT MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:
President of Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH), 2009-2011.