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Lori Ginzberg

Lori Ginzberg

Professor of History and Women's Studies

Office Address: 410 Weaver Building
Mailing Address: 108 Weaver Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8947

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  1. Yale University, History (Nancy F. Cott, advisor); Ph.D. 1985
  2. Yale University, History; M.A. 1979
  3. Oberlin College, History; B.A. 1978


"I am an historian of nineteenth-century American women with a particular interest in the intersections between intellectual and social history. My research has focused on the ways that ideologies about gender obscure the material and ideological realities of class, how women of different groups express political identities, and the ways that commonsense notions of American life shape, contain, and control radical ideas. My most recent book, Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009), discusses the life and legacy of the nineteenth century's foremost feminist thinker. As a joint appointment in History and Women's Studies, I have taught a wide range of courses in U.S. history, women's history, lesbian and gay history, and feminist theory. For many years I was the Women's Studies Graduate Officer, in which role I advised graduate students from many departments and helped to build Penn State's innovative dual title degree program with Women's Studies.  With the aid of a Simon Guggenheim fellowship, I have embarked on my next book project, Women and the Grand American Narrative, which seeks to reconsider the apparent imperviousness of 19th-century U.S. history to forty years of feminist challenge."