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Lori Ginzberg

Lori Ginzberg

Professor of History and Women's Studies

410 Weaver Building

University Park, PA 16802


Curriculum Vitae:


PhD, Yale University, 1985
MA, Yale University, 1979
BA, Oberlin College, 1978
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Lori  Ginzberg is a historian of nineteenth-century American women with a particular interest in the intersections between intellectual and social history.  Her 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.  She has written several book, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2009) and Untidy Origins: A Story of Woman’s Rights in Antebellum New York (UNC Press, 2005).  As the nation commemorates the centennial of the 19th amendment to the Constitution in 2020, she has been speaking throughout the country and on podcasts and radio shows about Stanton, the foremost intellectual-activist of her generation, as well as about the conflicts and complexities involved in commemoration itself.  A forthcoming article, “Radical Imaginings: The View from Atop a Slippery Slope,” appears in a special issue of the Journal of Women’s History entitled “What Difference did the 19th Amendment Make?” As a joint appointment in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she has 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, was held at the Library Company of Philadelphia in July 2017
Read Ginzberg’s blog entry regarding her 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.


Selected 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)

Selected Awards:

Mayers Fellows, Huntington Library, (February 2020)
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


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