Research/Areas of Interest:
Women in the Professions in America; GIrlhood in Post World War II America; Love and War in World War II; Medicine and Society in Amrica
PhD, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, United States, 1976
MA, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, United States, 1974
MS, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, United States, 1972
BA, University of Rochester, Rochester, United States, 1970
I am the Arthur Stern, Jr., Professor of American History at Tufts University. I joined the History Department in 1977, so it is no exaggeration for me to say that Tufts is my professional home. My teaching interests focus on nineteenth and twentieth century American history, specifically the history of women, the professions, medicine and society, and the rise of modern American culture. My scholarship mirrors my teaching and focuses on women in modern America society. Specifically, I am interested in the overall theme of women in male-dominated professions, particularly medicine, law, and business. My current research projects take me in new directions and focus on girlhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and on love and war in World War II.
My books include: Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business (University of North Carolina Press, 2002); Sisters in Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History (Harvard University Press, 1998); Women Lawyers and the Origins of Professional Identity in America: The Letters of the Equity Club, 1887 to 1890 (University of Michigan Press, 1993); and Hospital with a Heart: Women Doctors and the Paradox of Separatism at the New England Hospital,1862-1969 (Cornell University Press, 1984.