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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, I have taught a wide range of courses in U.S. history, women’s history, lesbian and gay history, and feminist theory. For much of the past decade, I have also been the Women’s Studies Graduate Officer. In that role I have advised graduate students from many departments and have helped to build Penn State’s innovative dual title degree program with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In 2012 I was elected to a three-year term to the Organization of American Historians Executive Board, where I will serve as the Board liaison to the Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession.
Find out about Lori Ginzberg’s NEH summer seminar for K-12 teachers, to be held at the Library Company of Philadelphia in July 2017 http://librarycompany.org/nehsummerseminar/
Read my blog entry regarding my biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton for the Women=Books series featured on the Wellesley Centers for Women website.
Read my blog entry regarding Individualism and Choice for the Women=Books series featured on the Wellesley Centers for Women website.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009; paperback, 2010)
Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman’s Rights in Antebellum New York (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2005)
Women and the Work of Benevolence: Morality, Politics, and Class in the Nineteenth-Century United States (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1990; paperback, 1992)
Root of Bitterness: Documents of the Social History of American Women, revised edition, coeditor with Nancy Cott, Ann Braude, Jeanne Boydston, and Molly Ladd-Taylor (Northeastern University Press, 1996)
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2012-2013)
Invited Lecturer, OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program (2010-2013)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2006-2007)
Excellence in Curricular Integration Award, Commission on LGBT Equity (2006)
HIST117 – Women in Modern History
HIST466 – Lesbian and Gay History
HIST516 – US Women’s and Gender History
WMNST501 – Feminist Perspectives on Research and Teaching Across the Disciplines