My research centers on the social and cultural history of the United States, with particular attention to relationships between gender and economy.


  • 19th century
  • 20th century
  • U.S. History
  • Family History
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Historical Teaching and Practice
  • Labor and Work
  • Urbanism and Architecture

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century United States (social and cultural aspects)
  • Women and gender
North American Studies, History
PhD, Brandeis University, History of American Civilization, 1991
MA, University of California, Davis, History, 1984
AB, University of California, Davis, History, 1980
history material culture gender issues

Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Institute, Indiana University, 2003-2004.

Fellow, Lilly Freshman Learning Project, Indiana University, 2000-2001

Grant-in-Aid, Hagley Museum and Library, 1997

Newberry Library Short-term Fellowship, 1997

Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1996-1997

Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1993, 1997

American Historical Association
American Studies Association
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Business History Conference
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of the Early American Republic