Virginia Drachman

Virginia G. Drachman

Arthur Stern, Jr. Professor of American History
617-627-2315
East Hall, Room 006
6 The Green, Medford, MA

Biography

I am currently the Arthur and Lenore Stern 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 project takes me in a new direction and focuses on girlhood in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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.

Education

  • BA in History, University of Rochester, 1970
  • MS in Education, State University College of Buffalo, 1972
  • MA in History, SUNY Buffalo, 1974
  • PhD in History, SUNY Buffalo, 1976

Expertise

Modern America, Women in the U.S., Medicine and Society in the U.S.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business (University of North Carolina Press, 2002)
  • Sisters in Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • Women Lawyers and the Origins of Professional Identity in America: Letters of the Equity Club, 1887-1890 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993)
  • Hospital with a Heart: Women Doctors and the Paradox Separatism at the New England Hospital, 1862-1969 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984)

Teaching/Courses Taught

History 86: Emergence of Modern American Society
History 92: Women in America to 1900
History 93: Women in Twentieth-Century America
History 94: Sickness and Health in America