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Lori Ginzberg
Lori Ginzberg

Lori Ginzberg

Professor Emeritus of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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.

OAH Distinguished Lecture Series

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

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.


  • PhD, Yale University, 1985
  • MA, Yale University, 1979
  • BA, Oberlin College, 1978

Recent Publications:

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)

Awards and Service:

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)

Recent Courses:

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

Areas of Specialization:

Nineteenth Century U.S.: